ACCRA, 1 March 2021 – Authorities in Ghana say they are both deeply concerned and launching a campaign to counter false information about the pandemic and vaccines.

Gjhana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo, who became the first person to be inoculated in the country, is directly involved with the campaign.

Ivorian President Gets First COVID-19 Jab - Photo Time Magazine

Ivorian President Gets First COVID-19 Jab – Photo Time Magazine

Ghanaian President Takes First COVID-19 Vaccine - Photo Xinhua

Ghanaian President Takes First COVID-19 Vaccine – Photo Xinhua

The kick-off of vaccinations across the country is scheduled to begin Tuesday, a day after next-door Cote d’Ivoire launched inoculations on Monday.

Taking the COVID-19 vaccine will not change your DNA and vaccination is not part of a global cabal plan to “wipe out Africans”, President Akufo-Addo said Sunday.

The vaccine will not lead to infertility, the Ghanaian leader added, debunking some of the scariest fake information shared on social media.

Security Officials Among the Prioritized in Cote d'Ivoire - Photo Bay News 9

Security Officials Among the Prioritized in Cote d’Ivoire – Photo Bay News 9

The Ghanaian government is working to have local experts and civil society organizations vouch for the safety and efficacy of all approved vaccines.

Experts at Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority are putting their stamp of approval on the safey and efficacy of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine.

Ghana became the first African country to receive the first consignment of AstraZeneca vaccine doses – 600,000 doses in all – last week from the COVAX initiative.

Ghanaian experts have also cleared Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine for jabs in the country.

The leaders of both Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire are urging their pople not to believe in conspiracy theories about the vaccines and to protect themselves before new strains become dominant and more complicated to handle.

Nigeria is due to received delivery of nearly four million doses of the vaccine later this week.

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