Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Prof. Alex Dodoo
The Director-General of the Ghana Standards Authority, Prof. Alex Dodoo has disclosed that the coronavirus vaccine would be ready for use before the year ends.
The clinical pharmacologist who currently serves on some WHO and UN vaccine boards at the global level revealed this on a panel discussion “PM Express Business Edition” held on Joy News.
“There are already vaccines and I am serving on one committee looking at the safety of a vaccine as far as I can say. Let’s face it, safety is number one and currently most of the vaccine we have, I would say we are evaluating the safety without saying too much. So there are vaccines…there are at least eight vaccines in different laboratories. These are being evaluated, one or two have started in-human trial, the issue is that you want to be sure they are safe,” he said.
He added that “unfortunately their safety is more complex. Are they safe on their own? Are they safe when you add other vaccines? Are they safe under all conditions of use? So we (scientific community) are at that stage and within the next three weeks we should be able to conclusively say which ones will go further better.”
However, commenting on the accessibility of the vaccine, the Director-General mentioned that the ability to pay for the vaccine will make it available for countries.
“If it comes out this year it is going to be the ability to pay,” he mentioned.
Ghana has so far recorded 641 positive cases of the virus with 83 recoveries and 8 deaths. Having conducted 50,000 tests Ghana’s infection rate is thought to be around 1.3%.
Ghana’s COVID-19 tests so far
The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in a tweet disclosed that the contact tracing team has been able to trace 5000 at-risk-persons out of the 10,000 at-risk-persons they were tasked to trace while the laboratories have already tested some 50,000 samples.
“Many thanks to the contact tracing teams and lab technicians for the aggressive work you are doing. You were tasked to find some about 10k at-risk persons. You have done 5x that and so far, 51k of your samples have been tested,” he disclosed.
The Minister in a further tweet said: “As you work round the clock to complete the processing of the extra about 12k backlog samples submitted, be encouraged that the nation is grateful for your service, Akpe Na Mi”.