BY: Mary Quartey
Chairman for Parliament’s Health Committee Dr. Ayew Afriyie at a Press Briefing on Wednesday, June,9,2021, has dismissed claims by a Norwegian newspaper that the country is procuring Sputnik V vaccines from Russia at almost 100 percent the original price.
This comes amid calls by the Minority for a bipartisan parliamentary probe into reports. According to VG newspaper, Ghana is buying Sputnik vaccines that cost $10 per dose at $19 per dose.
The paper also alleged one of the intermediaries negotiating the deal is wanted by Norwegian Police for alleged financial crimes. The Lead investigator at VG newspaper, Markus Tobiassen says numbers put out by the government on the procurement do not add up.
Ranking member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh also alleged that some government officials are trying to profit from the Covid-19 pandemic. Thereby disclosing that he will summon the Health Minister to Parliament over the revelation in the Norwegian press.
However, the Chairman for the Health Committee, Dr. Ayew Afriyie denies any wrongdoing. He urged the critics to approach the Ministry of Health for the appropriate figures.