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COVID-19: Ghana will receive compensation if COVAX vaccine causes any harmful side effects

Programme Manager for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPI), Dr. Kwame Amponsa-Achiano says Ghana will receive compensation should the COVID-19 vaccine acquired from the COVAX facility have any serious side effects on vaccinated persons.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has an agreement with countries receiving the vaccine that backs a no-fault-lump sum for any side effects of the vaccine.

This is to reduce the need for resorting to the law courts and other potentially lengthy and costly processes.

Dr. Amponsa-Achiano said Ghana is among 92 countries that will receive a no-fault compensation claim of any serious side effects of the COVAX vaccine.

“Vaccines save lives, but because we are giving it to people who are not sick, some might genuinely be reactive to the ingredients within the vaccine and when it happens, such a person will have to be compensated,” he told the GNA.

Meanwhile, the government of Ghana earlier today took delivery of its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines.

The vaccines arrived onboard and Emirates flight.

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