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Addressing at the UN General Assembly Debate, President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo said, “more than 13 million Africans fell into extreme poverty in 2020, and nearly 14 million could do so in 2021,” adding that the social impact of the pandemic "has been devastating." UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 22 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

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21 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior, UN headquarters

22 SEPTEMBER 2021, NEW YORK CITY

2.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
3.SOUNDBITE (English) Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana:
“One year on, although infection rates and deaths are relatively low in the region, the virus’s impact on economies and livelihoods has been damaging. The latest numbers from the African Development Bank indicate that the African economy which contracted by 2.1 per cent in 2020 are yet to return to pre-pandemic levels. More than 13 million Africans fell into extreme poverty in 2020, and nearly 14 million could do so in 2021. The social impact has been devastating. Over 103 million African jobs have been lost, women who were account for 40 per cent of total employment have been most hard hit.”
4.Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
5.SOUNDBITE (English) Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana:
“While listening to the scientists, it is evident that the vaccination is the way to protect populations and revitalize societies. To vaccinate 70 per cent in the shortest possible time, as it is being done elsewhere in the world means some 900 million Africans have to be vaccinated. The Afreximbank structuring of the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Force $2 billion acquisition of 400 million Jonhson and Jonhson vaccines is part of the historic African Union’s COVID-19 vaccine development and access strategy. It is a critical milestone in our collective fighting against the pandemic in a continent suffering the worst brunt of vaccine nationalism.”
6. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
7.SOUNDBITE (English) Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana:
“Ghana agrees with the call of the Rome Declaration of Global Health to voluntary licensing and technology transfers to boost vaccine production. The African Union is working with WHO, WTO and other global partners to expand its vaccine manufactory and deployment. We, in Ghana, have so far received five million doses which have been administered to frontline health workers and those classified as being most at risk.
8. Wide shot, General Assembly Hall
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Ghana:
“Between 2017 to 2020, Ghana recorded an average growth rate of seven per cent, amongst the highest in the world. In 2020, when the global economy in the Sub Sahara Africa is contracted by 3.5 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectfully, Ghana was one of the few countries that produced positive growth rate. This is a testament to our determination to build Ghana beyond aid.”
10. Various shots, General Assembly Hall

STORYLINE:

President of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo said, “one year on, although infection rates and deaths are relatively low in the region, the virus’s impact on economies and livelihoods has been damaging.”

Addressing at the General Assembly Debate today (22 Sep) in New York, the Ghanian President said, “the latest numbers from the African Development Bank indicate that the African economy which contracted by 2.1 per cent in 2020 are yet to return to pre-pandemic levels.”

President Akufo-Addo continued, “more than 13 million Africans fell into extreme poverty in 2020, and nearly 14 million could do so in 2021.”

He also said, “the social impact has been devastating. Over 103 million African jobs have been lost, women who were account for 40 per cent of total employment have been most hard hit.”

The Ghanian President also said, “while listening to the scientists, it is evident that the vaccination is the way to protect populations and revitalize societies.”

He added, “to vaccinate 70 per cent in the shortest possible time, as it is being done elsewhere in the world means some 900 million Africans have to be vaccinated.”

President Akufo-Addo continued, “Afreximbank structuring of the African Vaccine Acquisition Task Force $2 billion acquisition of 400 million Jonhson and Jonhson vaccines is part of the historic African Union’s COVID-19 vaccine development and access strategy. It is a critical milestone in our collective fighting against the pandemic in a continent suffering the worst brunt of vaccine nationalism.”

He also reiterated, “Ghana agrees with the call of the Rome Declaration of Global Health to voluntary licensing and technology transfers to boost vaccine production.”

The President added, “the African Union is working with WHO, WTO and other global partners to expand its vaccine manufactory and deployment.”

He said that Ghana has so far received “five million doses which have been administered to frontline health workers and those classified as being most at risk.”

Between 2017 to 2020, Ghana recorded an average growth rate of seven per cent, amongst the highest in the world, the President higlighted.

He said, “in 2020, when the global economy in the Sub Sahara Africa is contracted by 3.5 per cent and 2.1 per cent respectfully, Ghana was one of the few countries that produced positive growth rate. This is a testament to our determination to build Ghana beyond aid.
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