Covid-19, Ghana receives first doses of COVAX project vaccine
Covid vaccine, the COVAX distribution mechanism begins in Africa and Ghana: in a joint statement, the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef, described the delivery of the vaccines to Ghana as “an epoch-making moment”.
Ghana first country in the world to receive COVAX vaccine doses
Ghana is the first country in the world to receive doses of Covid-19 vaccine acquired through the Covax initiative, an alliance of public and private actors, including the World Health Organisation (WHO), set up to ensure equitable access to serums against the new coronavirus.
Some 600,000 doses of the drug, developed by the Anglo-Swedish multinational AstraZeneca and Oxford University, arrived at the capital’s Accra airport today.
A delegation led by the Ministry of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, welcomed the shipment, reports the local Graphic newspaper portal.
The immunization program will begin on 2 March with categories of people considered most at risk, including health personnel, adults over 60 years of age, and people who already have health problems.
In a joint statement, the WHO and the United Nations Children’s Fund, Unicef, called the delivery of the vaccines to Ghana “a landmark moment”.
Covax is one of the three pillars of the so-called Access to Covid-19 Tools Accelerator, announced by the G20 forum last April.
The goal of the initiative is to distribute two billion doses of the vaccine to 190 countries, with a priority to ensure access to the serums to the 92 lowest income countries at the same time as they are distributed to richer ones.