Coronavirus: Manufacturing plant for vaccines coming – Akufo-Addo

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, says BioNTech, the German biotechnology company, will contribute to the construction of a modular
production facility for vaccines such as those for malaria and tuberculosis in Ghana.
Speaking at the 73rd edition of the Annual New Year School and Conference, held at the University of Ghana, Legon, President Akufo-Addo stated
that Ghana is also on her way to establishing domestic manufacturing plants for fill, finish and packaging of COVID-19 vaccines.
According to the President, “I will, on 16th February, together with His Excellency M. Macky Sall, President of the Republic of Senegal, and His
Excellency Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, inspect in Marburg, Germany, the production facilities that we need to employ to
this end. We are going to build a pan-African project with these two (2) sister African nations, where, initially, the fill and finish plant will be located
in Ghana.”
He continued, “BioNTech of Germany, the now renowned health technology company, which works with Pfizer, has agreed to be our partner, and will
contribute also to the construction of a modular production facility for other vaccines as well, such as those for malaria and tuberculosis in Ghana.”
Delivering a speech on the theme, “COVID-19 and Socio-Economic Dynamics in Ghana”, the President stated that the pandemic has illustrated
vividly the need for self-reliance in all areas of social and economic life.
“That is why the Government encouraged and facilitated the domestic manufacture of personal protective equipment at the height of their global
shortages, which has enabled Ghanaian companies, today, to be exporting such products within the ECOWAS Region. It is key that we also break the
cycle of dependence on foreigners in the fields of science and medicine, as well,” he said.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that Ghana should never be in the situation “of beggars that we were at the height of the pandemic when we could
not access vaccines, which were being hoarded by the rich, developed nations of the world. Charity, they quite rightly say, begins at home.”
He urged all Ghanaians to get vaccinated, and help end the spread of the virus in the country, as the science indicates that getting vaccinated “is the
most efficient way to defeat the virus and go back to our normal way of life, re-open fully our economy, and return our nation onto the path of
progress and prosperity.”
The President indicated that Government has succeeded in securing considerable quantities of vaccines for the country, numbering nearly 26 million
doses so far, with more on the way.

Source : Ghanaweb

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