Ghana becomes the first West African country to receive delivery of the first Covid-19 vaccine doses distributed by the Covax scheme, a global effort to boost vaccine access after the coronavirus pandemic.
The COVAX Global Sharing Initiative was launched in April 2020 by the World Health Organization( WHO) in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
#Ghana🇬🇭 becomes the first African country to receive #COVID19 vaccines from the COVAX facility. 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses arrived in Accra this morning. The delivery is the first wave of arrivals to continue in coming days. pic.twitter.com/1R5mVciEpv— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) February 24, 2021
WHO said the COVAX facility is aimed at providing innovative and equitable access to Covid-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.
Dr Kwame Amponsah-Achiano, the programme Manger for the Expanded Programme on Immunisation (EPL), told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview that Ghana was part of the COVAX scheme, the reason for receiving the first consignment of the Covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Kwame Amponsah-Achiano said Ghana is ready to receive about a half million of the AstraZeneca vaccine doses by Friday, February 26, 2021. He added that COVAX offers doses for at least 20 per cent of a country’s population for free.
First batch of Covid-19 vaccines arrive in Ghana. pic.twitter.com/amDLZP0s78— Ghana Health Service Official (@_GHSofficial) February 24, 2021
According to Dr Asiedu-Bekoe, vaccination for the first batch of target groups would be based on existing health facilities for a more organised exercise.
He said the Russian Company had earmarked about 10 million doses for Ghana at a minimum cost of 20 dollars per dose.
Ghana has also applied for the Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine for the treatment of Covid-19 patients and to also protect the vulnerable in the country.