At least four local pharmaceutical manufacturers stand ready to supply the Ghanaian market with Covid-19 vaccines.
This is according to the Pharmaceutical Company of Ghana (PSGH). The announcement comes after the government revealed it was pursuing local production options following setbacks in foreign markets.
Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu said his outfit was already in talks with these local companies to facilitate production.
“Their strategy is to do what they call filling and packaging first, and then the scientific community will also take some time to start developing a vaccine in our country. So this area is also being seriously considered and we are actually on the right track in that direction, ”he said.
Meanwhile, the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Benjamin Kwame Botwe, told Joy News that they are waiting for the government’s green light to start with the packaging.
“The necessary infrastructure is available, the necessary human resource capacity is available, it can take advantage of the technology transfer technology as quickly as possible and this has been done in countries like India and the United States. Brazil, etc. fulfill, sort of have an agreement with the foreign manufacturing companies that do the bulk, we have to look at the patent issues and we also have to look at the issues of technology transfer, ”Ghana Pharmaceutical Company President Benjamin Kwame Botwe told Joy News.