United Kingdom commends Ghana for receiving Covid-19 vaccine

Katie Ramirez
February 27, 2021

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.

News reports the first recipients are due to be healthcare workers.

AstraZeneca also licensed SII to supply one billion doses for low-and-middle-income countries, with a commitment to provide 400 million before the end of 2020.

We thank all partners that are supporting the COVAX Facility to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to all countries quickly and fairly.

Ghana gets delivery of COVID19 vaccines from the COVAX facility [PHOTO CREDIT: @WHOAFRO]"The arrival in Accra is the first batch shipped and delivered in Africa by the COVAX Facility as part of an unprecedented effort to deliver at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021".

"This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end".

The Executive Director of the United Nation Children's Fund (UNICEF), Henrietta Fore, said the next phase in the fight against this disease can begin with the ramping up of the largest immunisation campaign in history.

COVAX delivers its first vaccine shots with shipment to.

"The first segment of the population that will receive the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions", Ghana's government said on Wednesday.

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"A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered". As part of the UN Country Team in Ghana, UNICEF and World Health Organization reiterate our commitment to support the vaccination campaign and contain the spread of the virus, in close cooperation with all partners, including Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

On Tuesday, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus urged wealthy nations to share vaccine doses with COVAX, saying the goal of equitable distribution was "in jeopardy". Neighbouring Ivory Coast will be the next to receive vaccines, and also will roll them out starting next week.

"Today is a major first step towards realizing our shared vision of vaccine equity, but it's just the beginning", he said.

"Now, the COVAX will start delivering to African countries before the end of February; that's what they told us".

AVATT earlier secured more than 270 million doses of AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Johnson&Johnson vaccines.

Some 145 participating economies are set to receive 337.2 million doses - enough to vaccinate a little over three percent of their combined populations.

Mr Ehanire said COVID-19 vaccines will not arrive in all African countries at the same time as that can only be determined by COVAX.

Africa's reported COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 last week, a fraction of those on other continents but rising fast amid a second wave of infections. But as the watershed delivery was celebrated in Ghana, there was more bad news for Brussels over its scramble to secure coronavirus vaccines for the European Union.

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