3 arrested for allegedly stealing COVID-19 vaccines in Ghana

Airport workers transfer COVID-19 vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport in Accra, capital of Ghana, Feb. 24, 2021. The government of Ghana Wednesday took the delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India, becoming the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility. (Ministry of Information of Government of Ghana/Handout via Xinhua)
File Photo: SENFTENBERG, GERMANY – MARCH 03: A nurse holds a vile of the AstraZeneca vaccine against COVID-19 during the inoculation of patients at a private medical practice as part of a pilot project in the state of Brandenburg during the coronavirus pandemic on March 03, 2021 in Senftenberg, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Three employees of the Ghana Health Service have been arrested for allegedly stealing COVID-19 vaccines, police said Saturday.

The Greater Accra regional police arrested Stephen Dzisenu, a disease control officer, Cosmos Allotey, an occupational health, and safety officer, and Joseph Knight Gaissie, a laboratory assistant, for allegedly stealing 36 vials of Covishield vaccines.

“Dzisenu allegedly stole the vaccines and delivered them to Allotey, who administered to clients at the cost of 200 Ghana cedis (34.9 U.S. dollars) per jab. Gaisie is being held for abetment of crime in the stealing case,” the police said.

“Additionally, Lord Pabitey, another employee, a disease control officer, now at large also allegedly stole 26 vials of the same vaccines from storage,” said the police