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Ghana is first African country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX

pharmafile | February 25, 2021 | News story | |   

The COVAX Facility have delivered their first batch of COVID-19 vaccines to Africa, with 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arriving in Accra, Ghana yesterday.

Further deliveries are anticipated in the coming days, with vaccines expected to arrive in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, later this week.

Meanwhile, the final first round of allocations for doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca and Pfizer-BioNTech jabs, to the majority of countries participating in the COVAX programme, will be announced in the next few days.

COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the WHO, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), working in partnership with UNICEF as well as the World Bank, civil society organisations, manufacturers, and others. 

Its mission is to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to countries and economies that might otherwise be unable to afford them. 

The programme hopes to deliver at least 2 billion doses around the world by the end of 2021. 

Dr Seth Berkley, CEO of Gavi, said: “COVAX’s mission is to help end the acute phase of the pandemic as quickly as possible by enabling global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. [This] delivery takes us another step closer to this goal and is something the whole world can be proud of. 

“Over the coming weeks, COVAX must deliver vaccines to all participating economies to ensure that those most at risk are protected, wherever they live. We need governments and businesses now to recommit their support for COVAX and help us defeat this virus as quickly as possible.”

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, added: ”We will not end the pandemic anywhere unless we end it everywhere. Today is a major first step towards realising our shared vision of vaccine equity, but it’s just the beginning. 

“We still have a lot of work to do with governments and manufacturers to ensure that vaccination of health workers and older people is underway in all countries within the first 100 days of this year.”

Jack Goddard

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