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We need independent investigation into Sputnik Vaccine deal

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The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee and Member of Parliament for Juaboso in the Western Region Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, has called for a bipartisan investigation into the alleged purchase of overpriced Sputnik V vaccines by the government.

Report by Verdens Gang, a Norwegian newspaper that disclosed that Ghana, through the Ministry of Health allegedly purchased Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines at an overpriced amount of $19 per dose instead of the $10 per dose sold on the international market through middlemen.

Reacting to the above, Mr. Akandoh said “well I would want to satisfy myself as a Ranking Member and a minority group, we have to satisfy ourselves to know the truth of the matter. And so we will call for investigations and then if we are not satisfied, we will call for an independent investigation into the matter because the Minister himself is complicit in this matter, so we will call for a bipartisan investigation into this matter”.

A move, the World Health Organization(WHO) has described as a ‘catastrophic moral failure’ with the tendency to increase new COVID-19 virus mutations and will be paid for by the loss of lives and livelihoods in the country.

Reacting to the question of how Ghana should have done the due diligence to ascertain the true price of the vaccines on the world market and how the two individuals involved are declared wanted by the European Union(EU) for fraud and related crimes, on the same matter on TV3 Midday news, the reporter of Verdens Gang newspaper said:

“There was a good question of whether or not Ghana’s government was aware of Omar Farouk’s background because they have had dealings with him previously, back in 2015 with the energy deal that was made with the company Ameri, which was the same Sheik who signed that deal.”

Source: MyNewsGh.com/Michael Agyapong Agyapa/2021

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