The West African Centre for Cell Biology and Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP) has urged the public to take doses of the COVID-19 vaccines when the government begins to administer them.
WACCBIP Director, Prof. Gordon Awandare, allayed fears that the vaccines were not safe for human use.
Whilst he admits that these vaccines may come with side effects, he says that they are ‘very minor’
“Normally, for a vaccine to be approved its side effect must be very minor so if a vaccine has been approved that means it has been tried on thousands of people, and only a small percentage shows a little side effect. The vaccines approved shows that they are generally safe for use,” he told UniversNews.
According to Prof. Gordon Awandare, the Astra Zeneca, Sputnik V, which have been delivered to Ghana, went through strict processes before they were approved to be used on humans.
He also said that the approval of the Food and Drugs Authority for these vaccines to be used should clear rumours that the vaccines were not safe.
“There is a very strict process that vaccines have to go through before they are approved to be used on humans. They check for all these side effects on people and if a large percent of them has side effect they won’t approve these vaccines, so the vaccines approved means they have passed the standard of being safe and effective,” he said.
On Wednesday, Ghana became the first recipient of COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed by the global vaccine sharing initiative, COVAX.
The country took delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
The newly arrived vaccines will be deployed to designated health facilities from March 2.
The Information Minister-Designate, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has said that government officials will take the doses publicly.
He explained that this is to help demystify the public apprehension about the vaccines.
Story by: Henry Mensah | universnewsroom.com