The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Sugandh Rajaram, has indicated no single report on the side effect of AstraZeneca vaccine has been recorded in India.
According to Mr Rajaram, India has administered 16 million of the vaccine since January 16, and no negative side effect has been recorded.
“No single case has been reported and it’s the same vaccine that has been brought here.”
The High Commissioner revealed this when he was speaking at the “Mask Up a Child” campaigned launched by the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA) and its partners.
The campaign is to ensure that Ghanaians, especially children, are shielded from the Covid-19 pandemic by the wearing of face mask always.
His comments were in response to myths surrounding the AstraZeneca vaccine imported into the country, which would be administered to Ghanaians in the coming days.
Some Ghanaians have indicated that the vaccine has been manufactured to wipe out Africans, and has since launched campaigns on many social media platforms to prevent people from taking the vaccine.
The Indian High Commissioner, while commending the GJA and its partner’s effort in launching the campaign, indicated that India is committed to curbing the pandemic, and has since embarked on a number of initiatives to that effect.
He said aside vaccinating its own citizens the country has also exported over 25 million vaccines to other countries to help them bring the disease to its barest minimum.
The Commissioner said the country would supply 50,000 Covishield vaccines as a token to Ghana to help fight the disease.
He called on Ghana to collaborate with India to go into the research and manufacturing of vaccines to deal with the pandemic.
The Minister-designate for Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, who also graced the occasion, encouraged the media to continue its efforts in demystifying all myths, disinformation and misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccine.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah noted that the media, since the outbreak of the disease, has really done a yeoman’s job in clamping down on false information. He indicated that many tried to use social media to thwart the government’s efforts in fighting the disease, but the mainstream media really did well in diverting Ghanaians attention to true reports.
The GJA President, Mr Rolland Affail Monney, also indicated that the leadership of the country has demonstrated their efforts in curbing the pandemic by submitting themselves for vaccination, and journalists should augment that effort by encouraging Ghanaians to submit themselves for the vaccination through their reportages.
He said media houses should saturate the airwaves and newspapers with the health dividends of vaccination to help win the war against the pandemic.
“As journalists, we have a responsibility imposed by critical national interest to use the power we wield and the influence we peddle to counter the mendacious narrative and dispel the conspiracy theories which swirl around the vaccine.
He said errant journalist and their media houses should immunize themselves against their anti-vaccine propaganda and join the progressive, nationalistic, pro-vaccine train.
The Minister-designate for Health, Mr Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who was also at the program, indicated that aside the vaccination, the war cannot be won if Ghanaians abandon the safety protocols.
He said the vaccine won’t stop the transmission of the disease so there is the need to follow the protocols religiously.
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