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Ghana First Country To Receive Covid-19 Vaccine Through COVAX Program
Ghana has officially become the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine through the World Health Organization’s COVAX program. The shipments that arrived in Accra contained 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Today marks the historic moment for which we have been planning and working so hard,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore told CNN. “With the first shipment of doses, we can make good on the promise of the COVAX facility to ensure people from less wealthy countries are not left behind in the race for life-saving vaccines.”
The vaccines were produced by the Serum Institute of India and are a part of a large initiative by WHO and UNICEF to get vaccines in low and middle-income countries through COVAX. COVAX serves as an international coalition that ensures there’s equal access to the vaccine to all countries.
“We will not end the pandemic anywhere unless we end it everywhere,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus after Ghana received its vaccines.
“Today is a major first step towards realizing our shared vision of vaccine equity, but it’s just the beginning,” he added.
Similar to many other countries, Ghana health officials says the vaccines will be first administered to health workers, people over 60, and those with underlying health conditions.
According to Johns Hopkins University, Ghana has reported more than 80,000 cases of Covid-19 and a little more than 580 deaths.