President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has indicated that the national COVID-19 vaccination programme, which has been on a temporal halt, is set to continue soon.
In a farewell meeting with the outgoing Spanish Ambassador to Ghana at the Jubilee House in Accra yesterday, the President said the although the vaccination programme had suffered challenges due to global shortage of vaccines, “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.
Developing countries like Ghana have been adversely affected by shortages of COVID-19 vaccines. Through the COVAX facility, 405,971 people have been fully vaccinated in Ghana while 865,422 people have received the first doses of the vaccine
The government has set a target to vaccinate about 20 million adults by the end of this year.
President Akufo-Addo shed light on the involvement of the Spanish government in Ghana’s ability to access the COVAX facility and expressed gratitude to Spain for the support.
“The shortage of vaccines has been a problem for countries like us. Hopefully, we are seeing light at the end of the tunnel Very soon, the process of vaccinating our population would continue,” he said
Under the tenure of the outgoing Ambassador, Ms Alicia Rico Perez Del Pulgar, President Akufo-Addo said the relationship between Ghana and Spain enhanced
She congratulated the outgoing ambassador on a successful tour of duty and wished her well
Ms Pulgar gave a brief account on the state of the Ghana-Spain relations under his tenure and noted that over the years, political dialogue between the two nations had strengthened, with the exchange of high level diplomatic visits.
She said there had also been an enhancement in security cooperation, especially maritime security and the fight against terrorism.
Also at the Jubilee House to bid the President farewell after a five year duty tour of the country was the outgoing Norwegian Ambassador to Ghana, Gunnar Andreas Holm
President Akufo-Addo and Mr Holm commended each other for committing to enhancing the Ghana-Norway relationship in many fronts.
During the period of the outgoing Norwegian Ambassador, the heads of state of both nation have exchanged visits.
The two leaders are Co-Chair of the Group of eminent personalities advocating for the global support for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.