WHO cautions Ghana on overpriced procurement of COVID-19 vaccines

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned against the buying of expensive COVID-19 vaccines by developing country.

The Assistant Director-General for Access to Medicines and Health Products at the World Health Organization (WHO), Mariangela Batista Galvao Simao, reports that Ghana and other countries have purchased expensive vaccines is troubling.

“We have received concerns from countries regarding other vaccines selling at a much higher price than what is being actually sold by the manufacturers. Two things to be aware off; First of all, the vast majority of manufacturers are selling only to public entities.”

She entreated the countries to deal directly with manufacturers in the purchase of the vaccines rather than middlemen.

“We have advised countries to go to the manufacturer to make sure that the intermediaries is legal.”

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health in Ghana has debunked reports that it bought the Sputnik V vaccines at an expensive price.

In a statement dated Wednesday, June 9, the Ministry of Health said the several efforts to get the vaccines from the Russian government and some individuals came to naught and it had to rather respond to an offer from the private office of one Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of 3.4 million doses at a unit cost of $19.

“It should be noted that the US$10 price per dose, which is being proposed as the correct price, is the ex-factory price, which is only obtained from Government to Government arrangements,” the statement signed by the Chief Director of the Ministry, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari, said.

“The Government of Ghana was unable to obtain direct supplies from the Russian Government as stated earlier, hence the resort to the market.”

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