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Our view is that the police should have probed this route further in an attempt to achieve a middle ground. We hold this view because the police ignored the violations of all Executive Instruments before, during and after the 7th December General Election; ...

Protesters protest against the death of George Floyd, systemic racism, and other injustices at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. June 6, 2019. AP photo

In the past week, there has been significant agitation by a section of Ghanaians regarding the need for the government to fix the country. For these people, there is so much to be said for the aspirational future of the Ghanaian youth. Members of Parliament who are deemed to have let their constituents down are being named and shamed by the pressure group that has emerged from this social media agitation. Consequentially, the group informed the Ghana Police Service of their intention to invoke their democratic rights to mass protest to show their disdain towards the despondency they find themselves in.

Our other concern is the risk of fuelling vaccine hesitancy across the continent if the message around these expired vaccines is not communicated properly. This could be driven mainly by anti-vaccination groups and individuals who could question why other medicines are not used after their expiry date but we are being made to disregard this norm and make exceptions.

Quality Assurance and Ethics of COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment

Adam Smith in “The Theory of Moral Sentiments” argues that, “the prudent man is always sincere, and feels horror at the very thought of exposing himself to the disgrace which attends upon the detection of falsehood. But though always sincere, he is not always frank and open; and though he never tells anything but the truth, he does not always think himself bound, when not properly called upon, to tell the whole truth. As he is cautious in his actions, so he is reserved in his speech; and never rashly or unnecessarily obtrudes his opinion concerning either things or persons.”

The Potential Beneficiary of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Africa’s Pharmaceutical Industry

“When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn’t work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form or a species will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.”

Turning Adversity Into Opportunity

Coronavirus Vaccine Supply Constraints

“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity.” John F. Kennedy

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