The first COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed by the World Health Organization’s global sharing scheme COVAX were dispatched to Ghana, West Africa on Wednesday,
Why it matters: The initiative has more than 180 nation participants and is part of the global effort from the WHO and other groups to ensure that every country has access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Driving the news: Some 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine are now in Ghana’s capital Accra in the WHO and UNICEF called in a joint statement a “momentous occasion.”
- “After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin,” the statement added.
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