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AstraZeneca : Coronavirus - Ghana's President Gets First Covid Jab
|03/02/2021 | 02:06am|
It is a global scheme to procure and distribute inoculations for poorer countries.
Some richer countries have surged ahead with inoculating their population, but many poorer countries are still awaiting their first vaccine doses.
"It is important that I set the example that this vaccine is safe by being the first to have it, so that everybody in
The first lady
Despite this, many Ghanaians are concerned about being vaccinated following the circulation on social media of conspiracy theories claiming the jab is meant to "wipe up Africans."
There are other Ghanaians
A female resident told DW that she won't take the jab because she "heard the vaccine is not good for the immune system. It may deform you if they give it to you."
"It is a way to control [us] Africans," another local said, expressing her sentiments against the vaccine.
"As your president, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe," he said.
Despite the vaccine roll-out, the president said lockdown restrictions to curb the spread of the virus were to remain in place.
Lack of testing
Some 145 participating economies are set to receive 337.2 million doses by mid-year.
But officials say that's only enough to vaccinate a little over 3% of their combined populations.
Covax says it hopes to hit 27% in lower-income countries by the end of December.
That said, many experts believe that the West African nation can contain the pandemic if the majority of Ghanaians take the vaccine.
"This is an emergency, we have a limited time," said immunologist Dr
AFP and Reuters contributed to this article.
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