Omane Boamah raises concern over expiration, safety of COVID-19 vaccines amid ‘dumsor’

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Former Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah says the country’s ongoing erratic power supply endangers the safety of COVID-19 vaccines intended for inoculation against the virus.

He also believes that the World Health Organization’s (WHO) directive to African countries to keep expired vaccines should be a source of concern for Ghana’s health sector and pandemic response.

Dr. Omane Bomah expressed skepticism about the advancement in protecting the lives of ordinary citizens in a social media post, calling for assurance from the global international health agency.

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has good intentions here. Africa, do not get them wrong. But the normative (what should) deviates significantly from our lived reality.”

“For example, how are the vaccines faring in ‘Dumsor’ in Ghana now? Ghanaians need to know to be assured the ‘expired vaccines’ will be fit for purpose even if for theoretical reasons”, he wrote on Facebook.

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Dr. Omane, who has previously questioned Ghana’s vaccination strategy, also stated that the current situation clearly shows that the country’s vaccine “procurement plan was resting on wobbly feet.”

The former Minister also stated that Ghanaians should not panic, but rather remain calm, and that the best way to protect themselves from the virus is to strictly follow the safety protocols.

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“The World Health Organization (WHO) has good intentions here. Africa, do not get them wrong.

But the normative (what should) deviates significantly from our lived reality. For example, how are the vaccines faring in ‘Dumsor’ in Ghana now?

Ghanaians need to know to be assured the “expired vaccines” will be fit for purpose even if for theoretical reasons.

Dear friend, do not panic.

This is why I said several months ago that, the best vaccine is to stick to the protocols: Handwashing with soap under running water, using face masks, applying alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and social distancing.

Any reasonable observer of the worldwide vaccine supply chain and the associated geopolitics knew Ghana’s late vaccine strategy including the procurement plan was resting on wobbling feet.”

I urge you to #staysafe because #covidisstillhere. #PureHealth

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