President Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to be confident about the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine which set to be deployed in the country this week.
According to him, Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority has certified the vaccine and therefore no need for Ghanaians to be concerned about its safety.
“I know there are still some who continue to express doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about its efficacy, with some taking sides with conspiracy theorists who believe the vaccine has been created to wipe out the African race.
“This is far from the truth. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe,” the President in his 24th National address since the outbreak of the vaccine.
He stressed: “Our domestic regulatory agency, FDA, one of the most reputable in Africa and in the world, has certified the safe use of the vaccine.
“It will not do so if it had any reservations about the safety of the vaccine, and I have gone on record as saying that no vaccine will be deployed in the country for use without the express certification of the FDA”.
Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia will be the first government official to take the COVID vaccine in the country as he is schedule to take his jab Monday morning.
Dr Bawumia will take his shot at the Police Hospital in Accra followed by the President who will receive his jab at the 37 Military Hospital.
Earlier reports suggested the President was take be the first Ghanaian to receive the vaccine.
Ghana last week received 600,000 doses of the COVAX vaccine.