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Ghana, first recipient of Covax vaccine-sharing scheme

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600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine has arrived Accra, making Ghana the first country to receive the coronavirus vaccines through the Covax vaccine-sharing initiative.

The Covax scheme plans to deliver about two billion vaccine doses globally by the end of the year, with the aims to reduce the divide between rich countries and poorer nations unable to buy doses.

The BBC reports that, vaccinations are expected to start in Ghana next week, and, as well as health workers, those over 60, people with underlying health conditions, and senior officials are due to be prioritised.

Ghana’s Minister of Health, Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu, UNICEF Representative, Anne-Claire Dufay, and WHO Representative, Francis Kasolo and partners receive the first consignment of the vaccines. Photo: UNICEF Ghana

The vaccines delivered to Accra were produced by the Serum Institute of India and developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University. The vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and its roll-out in Ghana is not part of a trial.

Further deliveries are expected to neighbouring Ivory Coast later this week, the Covax alliance says.

BBC

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