Ghana takes delivery of 600k doses of free COVID-19 vaccines

Ghana on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, took delivery of the first ship of COVID-19 vaccines from Covax.

The move is a World Health Organization-backed effort to procure and distribute for free, inoculations to poor countries.

At least 600,000 AstraZeneca doses were delivered by an Emirati Airline at the Kotoka International Airport at about 7:00 am.

The vaccines were received by a government delegation led by the Minister for Health-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu (MP).

The West African nation is scheduled to begin Covid-19 vaccination on March 2, 2021.

Covax has said it would deliver two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines globally by the end of 2021.

“These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries,” said UNICEF, which organized the shipment from Mumbai, in a joint statement with the WHO.

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