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President Akufo-Addo inaugurates board of National Vaccine Institute and commissions ultra-modern office complex

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President Akufo-Addo has inaugurated the National Vaccine Institute’s Governing Board, urging them to work diligently to ensure that Ghana becomes the vaccine hub of Africa. The President encouraged the newly-inaugurated Board to collaborate with other vaccine-producing institutions to ensure quality. The 13-member board, chaired by Dr. Anarfi Asamoah Baah, is expected to coordinate all vaccine manufacturing activities in Ghana and fast-track the country’s drive towards the production of its own vaccines.

In his speech, President Akufo-Addo urged the board to develop a roadmap for vaccine development and manufacturing in Ghana, upgrade laboratory facilities for the Food and Drugs Authority to achieve World Health Organisation maturity level, and collaborate with international institutions in Senegal and Rwanda. The President also commissioned the new ultra-modern office complex of the National Vaccine Institute, located in Cantonment, Accra, which will serve as the working space for the Institute’s activities.

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The board comprises several members, including representatives of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, and the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice. Others are representatives of the Food and Drugs Authority, Ghana Standards Authority, Ghana Health Service, President of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana, President of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences, and two nominees of the Minister of Health.

This development is a significant milestone for Ghana as it moves towards producing its own vaccines, making it a critical player in the global vaccination effort. With a roadmap for vaccine development and manufacturing, the country could produce its vaccines and save money while ensuring that its people have access to quality vaccines.

For the most part, the establishment of the National Vaccine Institute’s Governing Board is a giant leap towards Ghana’s healthcare system’s self-sufficiency. By producing vaccines locally, the country can ensure its people have access to affordable, high-quality vaccines, reducing the burden of diseases and improving health outcomes. With the government’s support, the Institute’s Governing Board can achieve its goals and transform Ghana’s healthcare system. In a nutshell, Ghana has taken a significant step towards vaccine independence.

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