Dr. Kofi Nsiah-Opoku, the Chief Executive of DEKS Vaccines Institute, has announced plans for Ghana’s first domestically produced vaccine to hit the market by 2026. The private consortium, DEK Vaccines Institute, will develop vaccines for various diseases, including malaria, cholera, typhoid, pneumonia, and HPV to combat cervical cancer.
During a visit to Ghana by officials from the International Vaccines Institute, led by Dr. Jerome Kim, they engaged with institutions such as the Food and Drugs Board. Among their objectives was to seek Ghana’s support for the establishment of the African Vaccine Alliance.
In 2020, President Akufo-Addo of Ghana signed the UNAIDS Public Letter advocating for equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine. He, along with other world leaders, penned an open letter, urging the distribution of vaccines at no cost to ensure that people in poorer countries have the same access as those in wealthier nations. This initiative aimed to address concerns about potential vaccine inequality.