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23.05.2021 news Nigeria Overlooked as Ghana Emerges Africa’s Covid-19 Vaccine Manufacturing Hub

Published 23rd May, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

Ghana has been selected by the European Commission as a possible manufacturing hub for Covid-19 vaccines in Africa.

This development happened during Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo’s two-day working visit where he met with Charles Michel, the President of the European Council and Valdis Dombrovskis, the Vice President of the European Commission.

The announcement comes more than a month after Twitter chose Ghana on April 12 as its host country fot its presence in Africa. Twitter’s choice was based on Ghana’s role as “a supporter of free speech, online freedom, and the Open Internet, of which Twitter is also an advocate”.

Lai Mohammed, Nigeria’s Minister of Information, had blamed Nigerians for Twitter’s decision, saying they de-marketed the country.

READ ALSO: Lai: Twitter Chose Ghana Because Nigerians Demarketed Their Country

On February 23, Ghana received 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from India.

The arrival of the Covid-19 vaccines on the morning of February 24 made Ghana the first African country to receive the vaccines.

While Nigeria received its vaccines much later, it also battled with proper distribution of palliatives meant for the less-privileged. Many of the palliatives were found to have been stored in warehouses across the country.

The European Commission’s decision to choose Ghana as a hub for the manufacturing of Covid-19 vaccines came as a result of initiatives the Ghanaian government had taken to start domestic manufacturing of vaccines. The initiative could receive support from the European Investment Bank (EIB).

Published 23rd May, 2021

By Socrates Mbamalu

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