11 Doctors Petition Akufo-Addo Over Covid-19 Vaccine Roll-out

Some concerned doctors have asked President Akufo-Addo to halt the nationwide administration of the Covid-19 vaccines.

In a petition to the President, the 11 doctors who describe themselves as ‘Concerned Ghanaian Doctors’ said data studies so far showed that the risks associated with vaccines roll out outweigh the potential benefits, if any.

They cited how the UK and Israel are still battling with the Covid-19 infections despite a high vaccination rate of their respective populations.

“These countries have very high vaccination rates, currently deploying booster programmes, yet they are struggling to get the virus under control especially with these new variants,” the doctors observed in the jointly-signed petition.

“Assuming as a country we are to vaccinate more than 50% of our population, are we going to continue with perpetual boosters every 3 to 6 months in an attempt to maintain vaccine induced immunity for this disease? Where then is the end point when these vaccines do not stop infection or the spread of Covid-19? Is this financially feasible for us as a nation?”they said.

They stressed that the case fatality rate is not as high as anticipated especially given the fact that not many citizens are testing indicating that the mandatory vaccination is an attempt by some pharmaceutical companies to rake in profits.

“If there is safe, effective, affordable, freely available early treatment for Covid-19, vaccines are no longer a priority. It doesn’t take a genius to recognise the financial benefit of pharmaceutical companies in demonising potential early, effective treatments.

“If these medications do work, that’s wonderful in the human race’s fight against Covid-19. However, they are practicably placebos if they don’t work. Why the suppression and demonising of these early treatments then, if the concern is health.

“Considering all these, wouldn’t it be prudent to pause and ask ourselves whether these novel vaccines are necessary in the first place,” they quizzed.

For them, Ghana, and for that matter Africa, must lead the way in the fight against Covid-19.
“All the relevant metrics show that Ghana and Africa at large have done better than most of the world with respect to the pandemic even before the advent of these vaccines.

“It is possible the rest of the world are rather to learn from us.”

The doctors are Dr Timothy Oblijah Armah, Dr Bismark Opoku-Asare, Dr Faisal Adjei, Dr William Ghunney and Dr Bernard Boateng Adjei. The others are Dr Doreen Oye Agyei, Dr Michael Agyemang-Wiredu, Dr Richard Fayah and Dr Sedem Cyril Klinogoh. The rest are Dr Phil Dowuona and Dr Emmanuel Awuttey.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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