President Nana Akufo-Addo announced in his State of the Nation Address in parliament on Wednesday that Ghana would begin producing its own COVID-19 vaccines in January 2024.
He claimed a National Vaccine Institute will be formed to put out a strategy for the West African country to commence commercial manufacture of the vaccines in the first phase, but he didn’t elaborate.
“A measure for the formation of the National Vaccine Institute will be offered to you in this House shortly for your support and approval,” he stated.
According to Reuters statistics, Ghana has completely immunized roughly 21.4 percent of its 30-million-strong population against coronavirus.
Over the weekend, the government eliminated the majority of the remaining coronavirus restrictions, citing fast dropping illnesses and a rather effective vaccination program.
The president also revealed that Nissan (7201.T) has opened a new assembly facility in Tema, Ghana’s eastern port city, with a capacity of 5,000 new vehicles per year. Nissan and Peugeot brands of vehicles are being produced for the Ghanaian and West African markets.
He condemned a slew of military coups in West Africa over the last 18 months, claiming that the area was generating worldwide headlines “for all the wrong reasons.”
Since August 2020, the administrations of Burkina Faso, Guinea, and Mali have all been deposed, and regional leaders are using sanctions and ultimatums to speed the restoration to constitutional authority.
“We do not seek to be an island of peace and security in a turbulent area,” Akufo-Addo, who also leads the ECOWAS regional bloc in West Africa, added.