Ghana becomes first country to receive free COVAX vaccines
Ghana has become the first country to receive Covid-19 vaccines through the World Health Organisation’s COVAX Program on Wednesday, a joint statement issued by UNICEF Ghana and WHO Ghana said. The shipment, consisting of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, arrived at 7 am GMT Wednesday on an Emirates flight at Kotoka International Airport, in Ghana’s capital Accra.
COVAX is led by the United Nation’s World Health Organisation; Gavi, a vaccine group; and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, or CEPI. Ghana is among 92 low-and middle-income countries that are receiving vaccines for free through COVAX. Another 90 countries and eight territories have agreed to pay if they choose to receive vaccines through COVAX.
“This is the momentous occasion, as the arrival of the Covid19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end. We thank all the partners that are supporting the COVAX program to deliver safe and effective Covid19 doses to all countries quickly and fairly.” a WHO statement said.
As the first round of allocations continues to roll out, more countries will receive their own doses in coming days, according to the World Health Organization, a leader of the initiative. In all, the COVAX alliance hopes to deliver nearly 2 billion doses of the vaccines this year.