The Ghana Pharmaceutical Association (PMAG) has formed a consortium ready to leverage the country’s efforts to produce COVID-19 vaccines locally.
According to the association, the consortium, made up of local pharmaceutical companies with knowledge and operational skills in vaccine production, hopes for accelerated efforts by the government to make the country the first to produce vaccines on the continent, and take advantage of that of accelerating economic growth and boosting the fortunes of the sector.
PMAG Executive Secretary Lucia Addae Ntiri told B&FT at this year’s Ghana Pharma Award that the local pharmaceutical industry is about to make history.
His comments follow President Nana Akufu-Addo’s quest to support vaccine production locally as the global shortage hampers the country’s socio-economic recovery plans.
“We believe everything he says. I can tell you authoritatively that right now we have formed a consortium, a group of companies that have come together to make sure that even though this is about ‘a viral or bacterial lineage opportunity for vaccine manufacturing, the nation can make.
“The consortium is bringing together good brains who have been manufacturing for good years to make this happen. The creation of the National Vaccine Institute would determine how quickly the local industry would receive support to get into vaccine production,” she said. . .
She added that the industry hopes that the gathered experts will come up with ideas that will enable the proposed National Vaccine Institute to become an authority in vaccine production in the country and the continent.
“If they can support us, like the Serum Institute of India, to take out a license that can make the COVID-19 vaccine like the AstraZeneca.
Once we have this institute, that means we are covered when it comes to research and development, finance, human resources and all the structures needed to make it a reality. He’s tall and has potential. We just need to be able to align the roadmap, be very committed to it and ensure that government and non-government agencies are working to be successful, ”she said.
President Akufo-Addo, in his 26th address to the nation on the government’s efforts in the fight against the pandemic, said: “The global vaccine shortage means that we need to develop our capacity to produce our own vaccines at the national level and reduce our dependence on foreign supplies. We must be self-sufficient in this regard in the future and better prepare to deal with such events in the future.
“To this end, the committee that I created under the leadership of the world-renowned Ghanaian scientist, Professor Kwabena Frimpong Boateng, to study Ghana’s potential as a vaccine manufacturing center to meet national and regional needs has presented its preliminary report. Which, among others, recommends the creation of a National Vaccine Institute to lead this development.
The government has committed to inject some twenty-five million US dollars (US $ 25 million) in seed funding this year into this entire venture. “
Ms. Addae Ntiri said government efforts must be complemented by local pharmaceutical players, the very reason for the formation of the consortium.
The third Ghana Pharma Awards produced 47 winners, both individuals and companies.
Excellence In Pharma: Formulation, was Center for Research and Pharmaceutical Research Entrance; Excellence in Pharma: Packaging, M&G Pharmaceuticals; Retailer of the Year, Ernest Chemist; Exporter of the Year, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals; Importer of the Year, Unicom.
The marketing campaign of the year was Man-Up, Unichem Ghana; Promising Company of the Year, Shalina Healthcare; Excellence in Customer Service, Ernest Chemist; Excellence in HSEQ, pharmaceutical entry, emerging brand of the year, chemist assistant.
For Promising CEO of the Year, Amrit Pal Singh of Shalina Healthcare chose him. Promising Entrepreneur of the Year, Kofi Addo-Agyekum, CEO of Kofikrom Ltd; Excellence in Corporate Social Responsibility, M&G Pharmaceuticals; Research Company of the Year-Pharma, Entry Pharmaceuticals; Research Company of the Year-Herbal, Center for Plant Medicine Research.
The herbal brand of the year was Medimoses Clinic and Herbal Center; Herbal Company of the Year, Center for Plant Medicine Research; Health and Wellness Company of the Year, Max International; Herbal Product of the Year, Tinatett Venecare by Tinattet Herbal, Herbal CEO of the Year, Dr Moses De-Gaulle Dogbatsey of Medimoses. Outstanding Leadership Award, Male Category: Dr Audu Rauf, CEO of Ghana Pharmacy Board; Female category, Mimi Darko, CEO of the FDA.
Pharma Harrison Kofi Abutiate chose Outstanding Contribution to the Pharmaceutical Industry. Anthony Ameka, CEO of the Ghana National Chamber of Pharmacy, won the Industry Leadership Award, Male Category, while Dhananjay Tripathi, Pharmanova, was named CEO of the Decade.
Gopal Vasu, M&G Pharmaceuticals, was named Entrepreneur of the Decade; Apex Health Insurance CEO Setsoafia-Tukpeyi Fafali was named CEO of the Year for Outstanding Health Insurance. Bright Simons has been named a champion of pharmaceutical innovation and technology.
The industry leadership award, female category, was Lucia Addae-Ntiri, Executive Secretary of PMAG. Romana Omaboe, CEO of Adepa Pharmaceutical Limited, was named Discovery of the Year; Patience Tsegah, CEO of Unicom Chemist Limited, was named Excellence in Business Award; KNUST Vice-Chancellor Professor Rita Akosua Dickson has been named Woman of Excellence.
Logistics Provider of the Year, Health was Imperial Health Services; Financial Services Provider of the Year, Fidelity Bank; Excellence in Pharma: OTC, Unichem Ghana Limited; Best growing company, Adepa Pharma; Excellence in Community Pharmacy Practice, Pharma Trust; Health Insurance Provider of the Year, Acacia Health Insurance.
Best Supplier and Distributor, Tobinco Pharmaceutical; Multinational Company of the Year, Luex Healthcare; Health Care Provider of the Year, Sunshine Health Care Ltd; Manufacturing Company of the Year, Ernest Chemist; Product of the Year – Joint Winners: Zincovit by Indus Life Sciences Pyt Ltd and Lufart by Entrance Pharmaceuticals.
Brand of the Year, Ernest Chemist; Personality of the Year, Lydia Alhassan, CEO of Lymens Medical Supply; Company of the Year, Pharmanova; CEO of the Year, Dr Samuel Amo Tobbin, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals; Entrepreneur of the Year (The Ultimate Award), Ernest Bediako Sampong, Ernest Chemist.