Ghana to procure Sputnik-V vaccines through official sources- Minister

Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu - Minister of Health.

Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu says government has proposed to procure the Sputnik-V vaccines only through official sources.

He said during a grant signing arrangement with the Korea International Cooperation Agency, KOICA for the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines.

According to the Minister, the projected price which takes effect under the deal signed with KOICA, considers current scarcity of COVID-19 vaccines on the international market resulting in price instability and difficulty to deal directly with manufacturers.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament is to file an urgent motion to demand a bi-partisan probe into the procurement processes into the purchase of the Russia-made Sputnik V Coronavirus vaccine.

The caucus said revelations and allegations that the country procured the vaccine at $19 dollars and $26 through third party agents when the market price is $10 must be investigated.

Describing the deal as “questionable”, Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu said there is the need for Ghanaians to know the circumstances under which the country is procuring the vaccine at such an “exorbitant” price, when other countries are buying same for $10.

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