President of the Republic of Ghana, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo has participated in the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of the BioNTech vaccine manufacturing plant in Kigali in Rwanda.
This ceremony took place on June 23, 2022, in Rwanda.
President Akufo-Addo deemed the event as “signals to the rest of the world the commencement of end-to-end vaccine manufacturing in Africa, a Pan-African project involving Rwanda, Senegal and Ghana.
“As I said in Marburg in Germany, some four (4) months ago, the Pan-African Vaccine Manufacturing Project fits perfectly with Ghana’s roadmap for domestic vaccine development and manufacturing. Ghana is ready to play her role, and I reaffirm, once again, her determination to make the Project work successfully”.
In a Facebook post, the president said Ghana’s research institutions are undergoing capacity-building to be ready for the discovery and development of vaccines and other biologicals.
He added that “a consortium of Ghanaian pharmaceutical companies, led by DEKS Vaccines Ltd, is working closely with BioNTech Rwanda, BioNTech Germany and kENUP to fill, finish and package the drug product in Ghana from the plant in Rwanda.
The ceremony comes after President Akufo-Addo attended the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) on June 22, 2022, where Commonwealth leaders converged to reaffirm their common values and agree on actions and policies to improve the lives of all their citizens.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini