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Alleged overpriced Sputnik V vaccines: Ministry of Health pleads for time to respond


The Ministry of Health has indicated its intention to respond to allegations of buying overpriced Sputnik V vaccines through middlemen.

A statement signed by the Head of Public Relations of the Ministry, Elorm Ametepe, said, “a press release will be issued today, June 9, detailing processes used in procuring the Sputnik V vaccines for the nation. We want the public to exercise patience. The Ministry will come out with facts about the process,” the source said.

According to the allegations made by a Norwegian news portal, VG.com, Ghanaian officials bought the Sputnik V vaccines at $19 per dose instead of at $10 per dose (the market price) from infamous middlemen.

The middlemen, Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and his aide Umar Farooq Zahoor were previously involved in the scandalous Ameri deal, which cost the country in excess of $150million.

Umar Farooq Zahoor is also a wanted man in Norway for engaging in fraudulent dealings while resident there.

The duo are said to have sold 3.4 million doses of the vaccines to Ghana.

Meanwhile, the Minority in Parliament have called for a bipartisan parliamentary probe into the allegations.

According to Ranking Member on Parliament’s Health Committee, Kwabena Mintah Akandoh, some state officials are exploiting the government’s fight against the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Mr Mintah Akandoh has revealed that the Committee will summon the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman Manu to brief the House on the claims made by the Norwegian Newspaper.

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