Ghana: Doctors in a tussle over efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines
Two groups of medical doctors working in Ghana are at loggerheads over the efficacy of Covid -19 vaccines being administered in the country.
On January 10, the first group petitioned President Akufo-Addo to stop the mandatory covid-19 vaccination in the country due to potential dangers.
According to the concerned doctors, the vaccines do not prevent infection or spread, adding that “recent studies show that the vaccinated are becoming more relevant in the spread of COVID-19.”
“Many studies show outbreaks within fully vaccinated populations. Other studies show vaccinated populations as sources for outbreaks. Over the last few months of 2021, the assertion that these COVID vaccines reduce the risk of hospitalization and death has been shown to be inaccurate as well,” the petition said.
In a sharp rebuttal the Ghana Medical Association has distanced itself from what it calls misleading claims by the group.
According to GMA, the data provided in the petition of the Concerned Doctors “does not, in any way reflect the situation of COVID-19 in Ghana.”
“Data available to the GMA supports the efficacy and safety of all the COVID-19 vaccines currently registered and in use in Ghana. The evidence that vaccines reduce the incidence of critical illness. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admission and deaths globally and in Ghana, is undisputed,” GMA’s release stated.
The GMA however encouraged doctors to be guided by the available medical evidence in their public discourse and to channel all grievances through the appropriate avenues for redress.
It also urged “all persons in Ghana to avail themselves for the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination programme and continue to adhere to all the preventive protocols.”
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