The Health Ministry has confirmed that it engaged middlemen in a bid to purchase Sputnik V vaccines after the failure of the government of Ghana to get the vaccines directly from the Russian government.
A statement by the Ministry of Ghana also confirmed that the price for the Sputnik vaccines was pegged at $19 instead of $10 due to transport due to transportation and other factors.
“The MoH has, since early this year, made several efforts to procure the Sputnik V vaccine directly by engaging the Russian authorities, such as the Russian Prime Minister, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, the CEO of Russia Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), and the CEO of Limited Liability Company “Human Vaccine”. Meetings were also held with the Deputy Ambassador of Russia in Ghana.
“The MoH also engaged individual Ghanaians and companies for the supply of various types of COVID-19 vaccines. Unfortunately, none of these efforts have yielded any results till date.
“Against the background of non-response from direct channels and global shortages of the vaccine, the MoH, on 9th March 2021, responded to an offer from the private office of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of a total quantity of 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines, at a unit cost of US$19.”
The response by the Health Ministry comes after reports by a Norwegian newspaper that Ghana’s government was buying the Sputnik vaccines at an inflated cost of $19 instead of the $10.
According to the report, Ghana’s Minister of Health Kwaku Agyemang Manu is reported to have signed the contract with an Emirati official and another wanted Norwegian citizen.