Germany has donated 1.5 million doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine it rejected to Ghana and other Africa countries.
Germany suspended use of the coronavirus vaccine created by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford in the under-60s, due to renewed concerns over reports of blood clots.The move came after the country’s medicines regulator found 31 cases of a rare type of blood clot in people vaccinated with the vaccine produced by the Anglo-Swedish drugmaker.
Germany halted the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution, with Italy, France and Spain issuing the same decision soon after.
At a media briefing at the Jubilee House, Monday, Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin said the donation gesture resulted from President Akufo-Addo’s bilateral discussion with his German counterpart during his recent visit to Germany.
According to him, having received confirmation in this regard, President Akufo-Addo is making arrangements to take delivery of the vaccines.
“The German Chancellor made it known to the President that a total of 1.2 million vaccines, were to be given to Ghana but a few hours ago, I got confirmation from the President, that this has increased from 1.2 million to 1.5 million.”
This comes days after Germany promised to make up to 70 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccines available to African countries this year.
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