The government did no wrong in buying Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at an exorbitant price because due to the involvement of middlemen, the Ministry of Health has said.
The Chief Director at the MoH, Mr Kwaku Boadu Oku-Afari explained the double price at which Ghana made the procurement after a backlash.
According to him, the government had made several efforts to acquire the vaccines from the Russian government directly but to no avail.
So, even though the vaccine costs $10 per dose at the factory, Ghana had to pay $19 per dose due to the involvement of intermediaries.
In a press release dated June 9, 2021, the MoH explained that they got an offer from the private office of 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 unit price was negotiated at a meeting held at MoH, with representatives from MoH and Office of Dalmook Al Maktoum, who had travelled to Accra for the purpose. The MoH, after ascertaining the type and nature of the vaccine, through the delivery of 15,000 doses, placed an order for the supply of 300,000 doses of the vaccine at a cost of US$5,700,000,” the statement explained.
“This is yet to be delivered. This undertaking includes an option to opt out of any obligations if supply conditions are not met”.