Kwaku Agyeman Manu, the Minister of Health, has given a detailed description of what happened during the acquisition of the Sputnik-V vaccine.
Vaccines, he claimed, were desperately required in the country, despite the fact that the item was rare on the worldwide market.
He went on to say that the decision was difficult, but that given the amount of lives lost, he had no choice but to make one after consulting with his technical team.
“When the issue of Sputnik-V arose, there was a decision to acquire more vaccines because vaccines were in short supply because several countries had closed their borders.”
“What prompted us to purchase those shots was the fact that the same vaccine was selling for $38 elsewhere, so we believed it was a good deal,” he revealed on Adom FM’s Burning Issues.
Mr. Agyeman Manu refuted charges that his company turned down better bids in favor of this one. “Some other people gave us vaccines while we were looking for them, but it was a take-or-pay situation where you had to pay even if you hadn’t received them yet.”
“As of now, WHO has chosen two nations that have effectively managed Covid-19, and many people are hounding me to help them control Covid-19 in the same way that we were able to handle ours.”
The Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, and his team at the Ministry hired Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum, a middleman, to acquire the Sputnik-V vaccines at a cost of $19 per dosage.
Mr. Agyeman Manu, who testified before a nine-member Adhoc Committee investigating the circumstances surrounding the acquisition of the vaccines, denied any misconduct, claiming that he had to employ middlemen since the producers refused to sell directly.
He also revealed why the purchase was completed without the consent of the legislature.
As a result, several Ghanaians have asked for the Health Minister’s resignation, claiming that he is inept.