The Director of the West African Center for Cell Biology of Infectious Pathogens (WACCBIP), Professor Gordon Akanzuwine Awandare is suggesting to the government, strategic ways to effectively distribute the limited AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine that arrived in Ghana.
Ghana received the first tranche of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine from COVAX on Wednesday 24th February 2020.
Even before the arrival of the vaccine, many Ghanaians have expressed concerns about the efficacy of the vaccine and the fear any side effects.
Government, however, is expected to continue with the scheduled roll out plan that seeks to get majority of the Ghanaian population vaccinated.
Meanwhile, Professor Gordon Awandare is asking the government, considering the limited doses, to prioritize persons who have never been infected and give one dose to persons already infected.
¨”.. I have been of of those who have been suggesting that even if we cannot find enough vaccines, we should prioritize those who have never been infected and give one dose only to those who have been infected¨ he said.
Professor Awandare added that ¨ some small sample size studies have been done in the United States which shows that if you had a natural infection and you get 1 dose of the vaccine on top of that, you are in a very strong position even better than those who get two doses of the vaccine, so I have been suggesting that if vaccines are limited, we can do rapid antibody test when people come for the vaccine…and then you give them 1 dose and save the second for others who have never been exposed¨.
Professor Awandare was quick to add that his proposal has not been approved as a standard way of using the vaccine but its a risk that will save a lot of vaccines.
He spoke to Kyenkyenhene Boateng on Mx24 Tv monitored by Harmattangh.com.