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FDA Alerts General Public On Seizure Of Fake Covid-19 Vaccines In South Africa


The Management of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says it is reminding the only covid-19 vaccines authorized for use in Ghana are 'Sputnik V and Covishield.


According to the FDA, the importation and deployment of these two vaccines in the country are under the control of only the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service, respectively.


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In a communique signed by its Chief Executive Officer (C.E.O), Delese Darko, it said "This alert has become necessary as a result of reports of the seizure of fake covid-19 vaccines in South Africa. The FDA wishes to caution the general public that online advertising, offering for sale, and supply of medicinal products including the Covid-19 vaccines are strictly prohibited"


It added that the general public should not purchase any covid-19 vaccines online.


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The FDA also cautioned public and courier services including shippers and freight forwarders that any unauthorized imports of vaccines will be in contravention of Sec 118 of the Public Health Act and the FDA's Guidelines for Emergency Use Authorisation of Medical Products (FDA/GEN/GL-EUA/2021/04). Covid-19 Vaccines are to be expressly imported only by and through the Ministry of Health.


Below is a copy of the communique:


Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith