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$81m worth of Covid-19 vaccines govt paid for was not delivered – Auditor-General uncovers

A nurse prepares a dose of the of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko
A nurse prepares a dose of the of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2021. REUTERS/Francis Kokoroko

The Auditor General has reported that $80 million worth of vaccines paid for by government has not yet been delivered.

According to the Auditor General, government paid over $120 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) for vaccines but only $38 million worth was delivered.

The Auditor General has thus recommended to the Chief Director of the Health Ministry to renegotiate and recover the outstanding balance.

This, according to the Auditor General must be done immediately to ensure the amount is recovered to the state.

The Auditor General has reported that $80 million worth of vaccines paid for by government has not yet been delivered.

According to the Auditor General, government paid over $120 million to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) for vaccines but only $38 million worth was delivered.

The Auditor General has thus recommended to the Chief Director of the Health Ministry to renegotiate and recover the outstanding balance.

This, according to the Auditor General must be done immediately to ensure the amount is recovered to the state.

The Auditor General added that the balance was spent on government programmes such as Free SHS and LEAP, among others.

Government paid over GH¢300m in judgment debts between 2017-2022.

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