Ghana Becomes First Country To Get COVAX Vaccine Doses

A shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX international program reached the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Wednesday, as Ghana received the groups first vaccine delivery.

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A delivery of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX global program reached the Kotoka International Airport in Accra on Wednesday, as Ghana got the groups very first vaccine delivery.

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As the WHOs Dr. Katherine OBrien, who directs the WHOs Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals, told NPR previously this month, “Were in a situation where we have 108 million dosages of vaccine that have been distributed worldwide, but 75% of those dosages have actually gone to just 10 countries.”

The COVAX effort was produced to boost fair access to COVID-19 vaccines, particularly for lower-income countries. Through donations, licensing and develop purchases, COVAX helps those nations get vaccines– something theyve had a hard time to do, as rich countries take on each other to buy the minimal variety of vaccines worldwide.

” After a year of interruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting contaminated with the infection and over 580 lost lives, the path to healing for the people of Ghana can lastly begin,” Kasolo and Dufay stated.

The 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine that showed up in Ghana were produced by the Serum Institute of India. Along with the initial delivery to Accra, more deliveries are expected to show up in Abidjan, Cote dIvoire, this week, according to the WHO. The vital materials will likewise consist of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

As the preliminary of allowances continues to present, more countries will receive their own dosages in coming days, according to the World Health Organization, a leader of the initiative. In all, the COVAX alliance hopes to provide almost 2 billion doses of the vaccines this year.

” We will not end the pandemic anywhere unless we end it all over,” said WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. “Today is a major very first step towards recognizing our shared vision of vaccine equity, but its just the beginning.”

The shipments are the start of “what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history,” according to a joint statement by WHO Representative to Ghana Dr. Francis Kasolo and UNICEFs representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay.

The very first wave of coronavirus vaccines from the COVAX initiative are now reaching their locations. Ghana ended up being the first nation to receive the vaccine on Wednesday, marking an important step for the global effort to assist low- and middle-income countries cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

For nearly all of the COVAX initiatives presence, the U.S. did not join the coalition. However President Biden has reversed that course, and the U.S. just recently revealed it would send out some $4 billion in contributions to COVAX.