The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) has implored the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) to entirely inspect the next batch of vaccines which will be arriving soon.
The General Secretary of the GMA, Justice Yankson, on Citi TV said, the FDA must make sure the vaccines reach the required standards before they are delivered.
“Vaccines generally have a short shelf life, and it is no different with this as well. In fact, the first one that we got through the COVAX facility in March was also due to expire around June 24 so clearly, this may be just about the same batch that we have received. So for me, there is no problem, but there are certain protocols that we need to make sure have been observed.”
”We must make sure, in terms of standards, that the FDA does what it does best to ensure that the drugs, when they arrive here, are safe for use.”
According to Mr. Yankson, what contributed to the delays in the arrival of the second dose of vaccines is geopolitical influence.
“I would not say it is becoming problematic, but the truth is, it is always good to have the ambition to vaccinate your population within the shortest possible time.”
”What has happened is that we have a lot of geopolitical activities around the COVID-19 vaccine. A bit also seems to be coming from industry and standard requirements. Raw materials also seem to be in short supply.”
“Unfortunately in India where vaccines were supposed to be produced and distributed to COVAX countries, they are being ravaged by the virus.”
”Their case count is on a record high. There has been a shortage of raw materials and the country has also decided that they are better off vaccinating their people rather than exporting to other countries.” He said.