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MoH reacts to reports it has contracted another company to procure Sputnik V vaccines at $26 per dose

The Ministry of Health has denied reports that government has contracted another company to purchase 5 million Sputnik V vaccines at $26 per dose.

The response comes on the back of a report by Joy News purporting that government is set to pay $26 per dose to procure 5 million Sputnik V vaccines to continue it expanded vaccination programme against the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

However, in a statement released by the Ministry of Health and signed by Chief Director, Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari debunking the report, the Ministry explained that the only agreement it has entered into for the procurement of Sputnik vaccines is the agreement with SL Global.

According to the statement, “the agreement between Ministry of Health and SL Global was priced at $18.5 after final negotiations on 14th April, 2021.

“This was to become effective on condition that Ghana order per the delivery schedule and Letters of credit issued to underwrite the transactions. No orders have been made, and no such letters of credit have also been issued to date,” the statement said.

This the Ministry says considering the global supply shortages in vaccines and the inability of diplomatic channels to yield results, it views procuring the vaccines from SL Global as a viable option in order to help vaccinate the targeted 20 million Ghanaian population giving the assurance that government will continue to work diligently to ensure that adequate vaccines are procured despite these constraints.

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