Ghana is expecting to receive some 1.5 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from Germany to bolster her vaccination drive against the COVID-19 pandemic, the Director of Communication at the presidency, Mr Eugene Arhin, has said.

The consignment is one of the outcomes of President Nana Akufo-Addo’s recent visit to Germany and negotiations with Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Mr Arhin told the presidential press corps on Monday, 30 August 2021 at the Jubilee House: “The German Chancellor has made it known that, at least, Germany will be helping Africa with 70 million vaccines”.

“The President had a bilateral meeting with the German Chancellor – one of the things that came out was the vaccine”, he said.

“I am happy to inform Ghanaians that the German Chancellor made it known to the President that a total of 1.2 million AstraZeneca vaccines were to be given to Ghana”, Mr Arhin announced.

“A few moments ago, I got confirmation from the President that this has increased to 1.5 million”.

“According to the President, he is dispatching a plane to Germany to take delivery of the vaccines,” Mr Arhin said.

So far, a little more than 1.2 million Ghanaians have been vaccinated.

Out of that number, over 800,000 have received the first dose and about 400,000 have taken both doses.