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First batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Ghana, says Ghana, UNICEF Officials

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The first batch of Covid-19 vaccines on Wednesday arrived Ghana at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).

An Emirates Boeing 777-300ER carried about 600,000 doses of vaccines touched down at 7:45 am this morning. The Emirates airline carrying the vaccines had a special GH inscription.

The vaccines were offloaded by the Aviance grounding handling team and would subsequently be transported to a storage facility.

A statement issued by Ghana’s Information Ministry said the Minister for Health-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu “will lead a government delegation to receive the vaccine.”

Ghana to be compensated if vaccinated persons have serious side effects

Ghana will receive compensation if the Covid-19 vaccine acquired from the COVAX facility causes any serious side effects on vaccinated persons.

This was confirmed by the Programme Manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), Dr Kwame Amponsa-Achiano.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reached an agreement with countries receiving the vaccine that backs a no-fault-lump sum for any side effects of the vaccine.

Ghana’s first COVID-19 vaccines arrive at Kotoka International Airport
This is to reduce the need to seek legal redress and other potentially lengthy and costly processes.

Dr Amponsa-Achiano told the GNA that Ghana is among 92 countries that will receive a no-fault compensation claim for any serious side effects of the COVAX vaccine.

“Vaccines save lives, but because we are giving it to people who are not sick, some might genuinely be reactive to the ingredients within the vaccine and when it happens, such a person will have to be compensated.”

“Today marks the historic moment for which we have been planning and working so hard.” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta H. Fore.

“With the first shipment of doses to Ghana, we can begin to make good on the promise of the COVAX Facility to ensure people from less wealthy countries are not left behind in the race for life-saving vaccines.”

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