Ghana receives first batch of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

Ghana receives first batch of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

Ghana receives first batch of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

Ghana receives first batch of 600,000 AstraZeneca vaccines

After a year of  battling with the novel coronavirus  disease (COVID-19) with 580 life lost and 80,700 infections rate, Ghana can now heave a sigh of relief as it has received 600, 000 COVAX Vaccines as part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine.

The vaccine is licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries.

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“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 only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all. We thank all partners that are supporting the COVAX Facility to deliver safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to all countries quickly and fairly.

According to the  United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund UNICEF Ghana’s part to recovery is assured as it has received the vaccine.

UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay on the arrival of the first COVID-19 vaccines in Accra on Wednesday stated that the shipment represent the beginning of the 2billion vaccines that COVAX promises to deliver to ensure the safety of the people in the low and middle-income countries.

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“The shipments also represent the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The COVAX Facility plans to deliver close to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year. This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure all citizens have access to vaccines,” She said.

Ms Dufay expressed joy that Ghana was the first country to receive the Covid-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility.

“We congratulate the Government of Ghana, especially the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, and Ministry of Information for its relentless efforts to protect the population. As part of the UN Country Team in Ghana, UNICEF and WHO 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),” she added.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative to Ghana, Dr Francis Kasolo said the vaccine saves life and urged Ghanaians to get vaccinated to enhance the fight against COVID-19.

“Vaccines save lives. As health workers and other front-line staff are vaccinated, we will be able to gradually see a return to normalcy, including better access to health, education and protection services. In the spirit of Universal Health Coverage, let’s leave no one behind,” he stresses.

Government will start the distribution exercise in March to vaccinate the citizenry against the ailment.


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