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Ofori-Atta task to recover GH¢16M spent on botched Sputnik V vaccine deal


 The nine-part impromptu parliamentary board set up to test the disputable Sputnik V antibody acquirement bargain has in its report entrusted the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, to find ways to recuperate the $2,850,000 used towards the messed up obtainment of a few portions of the Sputnik-V immunization. 

Albeit the Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, demonstrated that no cash was paid to the organization notwithstanding an underlying 20,000 provided to Ghana, the report by the board of trustees tracked down that 50% of the complete agreement aggregate was really paid. 

"As indicated by the Bank of Ghana, in its letter of 31st March, 2021, out of the aggregate sum of US$5,700,000.00 owed to Sheik Al Maktoum, a measure of US$2,850,000.00 addressing half has been paid to him and that converts into a Cedi likeness GH¢16,331,640.00 changed over at the conversion scale of US$1 to GH¢5.73," portions of the report accessible to Citi News expressed. 

The Committee additionally tracked down that the Ministry of Health didn't follow the necessities of Article 181(5) of the Constitution in regard of its concurrence with a middle person, Messrs Al Maktoum. 

The not really settled that the arrangements were gone into without earlier endorsement by the Public Procurement Authority under Sections 40 and 41 of Act 663. 

"The Agreements following from the arrangements have been submitted to the PPA for sanction. ..For sure, at the hour of finishing its work, PPA was at this point to do the approval." 

"The board asks the Minister for Finance to find ways to recuperate the cash because of the Republic in regard of the measure of US$2,850,000.00 (Cedi likeness GH¢16,331,640.00) being the expense of the Sputnik-V immunizations that were proposed to be obtained," the Committee suggested. 

The panel is to introduce its report to the whole for thought and has encouraged the House to embrace the report. 

"The board, by agreement, prescribes to the House to embrace this report." 


As Ghana battled to arrive at its objective of inoculating 20 million residents, it arose that the public authority was utilizing the administrations of go betweens to acquire 3.4 million dosages of Russia's Sputnik-V antibodies. 

Be that as it may, this was at a greater expense of $19 other than the first industrial facility cost of $10. 

This provoked requires the revocation of the acquisition contract. 

The issue initially became known when a Norwegian media source, Verdens Gang, revealed that Ghana had mentioned to buy the dosages of the Sputnik V antibody through two finance managers who are offering it to Ghana at $19 per portion rather than the $10 per portion on the global market 

The underlying cost cited for the immunization was US$25, however it was haggled downwards to US$19, as per the Ghana Health Service. 

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, who is a board individual from the GAVI Vaccine Alliance, conceded that he didn't look for bureau and parliamentary endorsement prior to connecting with the private individual for the acquisition of Sputnik V immunizations when he showed up before the bi-sectarian panel. 

In the interim, the organization that consented to supply Ghana with the overrated Sputnik V immunizations has ended the agreement it had with the nation, as indicated by the Minister.

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