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President Akufo-Addo Commissions National Vaccine Institute to Boost Local Production of Vaccines in Ghana

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Ghana has taken a giant step towards local vaccine production, as President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo commissioned the National Vaccine Institute on May 10, 2023. The Institute, which was established on February 28, 2021, is expected to coordinate and facilitate the production of COVID-19, malaria and tuberculosis vaccines in Ghana.

The President noted that the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the vulnerability of the country to the global vaccine order and made it imperative for Ghana to take its destiny into its own hands. To this end, the Vaccine Manufacturing Committee was established and transformed into the National Vaccine Institute by an Act of Parliament. The government has also committed $25 million to support the vaccine production enterprise.

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The Institute is expected to provide the capacity for domestic pharmaceutical companies to fill, finish, package and ultimately manufacture vaccines in Ghana. The Commissioning of the Institute is a testament to the country’s determination to be self-reliant in the fight against pandemics.

In his address, President Akufo-Addo acknowledged that the fight against COVID-19 was won through commitment, dedication and hard work of all Ghanaians. The establishment of the National Vaccine Institute will further strengthen the country’s capacity to deal with future pandemics.

The President also inaugurated the Governing Board of the Institute, which is chaired by Dr. Anarfi Asamoa-Baah, a seasoned public health expert. Other members of the Board include Prof. William Ampofo, Dr. Baffuor Awuah, and Mr. Mustapha Tawiah Kumah, among others. The Board is expected to provide the necessary guidance for the effective functioning of the Institute.

For the most part, the Commissioning of the National Vaccine Institute is a significant milestone for Ghana and Africa as a whole. It underscores the importance of investing in local capacity to address public health challenges. The government’s commitment to supporting the Institute is commendable, and it is hoped that other African countries will take a cue from Ghana’s example.

In a nutshell, the establishment of the National Vaccine Institute is a game-changer for Ghana’s public health sector and a significant step towards building a resilient health system. It is a testament to the government’s commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Ghanaians.

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