Akufo-Addo’s 24th address on measures taken against spread of Covid-19
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President Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians that the Covid-19 vaccines are safe and would not pose any threat to the health of any citizen.
“I know there are still some who continue to express doubts about the vaccine, others have expressed reservations about its efficacy, with some taking sides with conspiracy theorists who believe the vaccine has been created to wipe out the African race.
“This is far from the truth. As your President, I want to assure you that the vaccine is safe,”
he said in his 24th address to the nation on measures taken to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the country.
This follows the arrival of some 600,000 vaccines deployed to aid in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Prior to the arrival of the vaccines, a section of the populace had expressed fear over the vaccines.
Some of them said they would not receive them because they have been designed to eliminate persons who receive them.
However, the President has allayed the fears stating categorically that “taking the vaccine will not alter your DNA. It will not embed a tracking device in your body, neither will it cause infertility in women or in men.”
“Our domestic regulatory agency, FDA, one of the most reputable in Africa and in the world, has certified the safe use of the vaccine. It will not do so if it had any reservations about the safety of the vaccine, and I have gone on record as saying that no vaccine will be deployed in the country for use without the express certification of the FDA,” he added.
The President, Vice President and their wives as well as key public officials are expected to take the first dose of the 600,000 Covid-19 vaccines which arrived last Wednesday.
This, President explained is being done because “the vaccine will help protect us against the impact of Covid-19 on our health. It is also a major catalyst to restoring livelihoods and the national economy to the robust level it belongs.”
He further encouraged faith-based groups, civil society, media and all Ghanaians to support the public education campaign associated with the exercise.
“We need all hands-on deck to make this a success,” he added.