President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has asked colleague ECOWAS leaders to develop homegrown measures to address the threat posed by the coronavirus.
At a virtual ECOWAS meeting Thursday, the President said leaders of the sub-region cannot “copy blindly” measures being implemented in some other jurisdictions outside the continent.
“I think it is very, very important that we tailor a Ghanaian, specifically Ghanaian, African response to the handling of this pandemic,” he said.
“[We do] not necessarily [have to] copy blindly the methods that are being adopted by countries elsewhere,” President Akufo-Addo said during his speech the leaders of ECOWAS.
The President put forth his vision of raising scientists on the continent who will manufacture a vaccine to help fight the virus.
“For instance, our scientists are very engaged, pushing forth the African vaccine manufacturing,” he said.
“We want to get the possibility of producing an African vaccine to handle the virus [because] the mutation of the virus is different,” President Akufo-Addo said.
But combating the virus has proven an expensive venture.
“This has proven an expensive enterprise. It involves a significant investment in the public sector,” he said.