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Ghana Becomes First In Africa To Take Delivery Of COVAX Covid-19 Vaccine

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Ghana today took delivery of COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility thereby becoming the first African country to receive the 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses. The vaccines from the global effort to boost access to doses arrived in the capital Accra Wednesday morning. The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Africa made this known via Twitter. In the tweet WHO said the delivery is the first wave of arrivals to continue in the coming days. Ghana’s government said this in a statement on Wednesday “The government of Ghana is taking delivery of 60,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).”

"This is the first consignments of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries, has signed unto,” it added.

WHO Representative to Ghana, Dr. Francis Kasolo has this to say "We are pleased that Ghana has become the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX Facility."

The doses touching down in the capital, Accra, come from the Serum Institute of India, the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer.

Boxes of vaccines left Mumbai on Tuesday for Dubai, where a logistics crew picked up hundreds of thousands of syringes, before hurtling toward Africa’s west coast.

The immunization help arrives days after President Biden pledged $4 billion to the multilateral pact known as Covax, breaking with the Trump administration’s shunning of the World Health Organization-backed mission.

Ghana with 31 million population was selected as the first recipient after sending a rollout plan to Covax proving its health-care teams and cold chain equipment were ready to support a quick distribution.

Ivory Coast and other countries in the region are expected to soon receive similar Covax shipments.

Covax projects that it will deliver 2.3 billion doses by the end of the year, most of which will go to poorer countries, free of charge. High-income nations, however, have already gotten hold of twice that amount, according to a Duke University tracker.