A Norwegian media outlet (www.vg.no) has accused some officials of government of signing an agreement to procure Russia’s Sputnik vaccines for $9 more the original price per each dose.
According to the media outlet, the original price per each dose is $10 but was rather purchased for $19.
The agreement for the procurement of the vaccines per the report by local media outlet was signed between the Minister for Health, Kwaku Manu Agyeman and an Emirati official who was also allegedly involved in the sale of Gas Turbines to Ghana in the controversial Ameri deal as well as another wanted Norwegian citizen.
“The sample proves that the Sheik has access to the coronavirus vaccine. A product sought after by every country in the world. Now, it is time for negotiations. Six days later, the Ministry of Health in Ghana signs an agreement with the Sheik. They announce that they have reached an agreement regarding the purchase of 3.4 million vaccine doses,” noted the media outlet.
When confronted with details of the price of the Sputnik vaccine by the Norwegian media outlet, Finance Minister Ken Ofori Attah is reported to have answered that the government had a choice to protect the people of Ghana hence the decision to pay the $19 for the Sputnik vaccine.
“The agreement with the Sheik, do you view it as a sensible agreement? To pay 19 dollars per dose?,” asked the media outlet.
“I don’t know. You know, you are confronted with “the good guys” from the West not giving you any assurances of supply [of vaccines], and you have 30 million people and are to save lives. You know, it’s easy to sit somewhere else and say: Why are you doing this? But you need to make sure you protect your people. You manage that as well as you can. This is all a contrived and manufactured crisis because clearly there’s enough [vaccines] to go around if only there was equity and justice in what we are doing,” replied Mr Ofori-Atta.
Mr Agyemang Manu on 28 April stated that Ghana was expected to take delivery of some 300,000 Russian-made Sputnik V vaccines to get the country’s vaccination programme back on track.
“We’re making efforts to get into the country some Russia type Sputnik, though we have made initial approaches and expecting some Sputnik to come in. They demonstrated availability and brought in the first 160,000 which is kept there and waiting for about 300,000 to come.
However, it is not known if the Sputnik vaccines ever arrived in Ghana as promised by the Health Minister. It is also not known if the vaccines are the same alleged to have been purchased for $19 instead of $10 per dose.