Ghana Gets First Batch of Free Covid-19 Vaccines from COVAX

Ghana has become the world's first country to receive vaccines through the COVAX initiative with a delivery of 600,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab. The shipment, which arrived in Accra on February 24, 2021, is part of a first wave of free deliveries headed to dozens of low- and middle-income countries under COVAX, a UN-backed scheme that aims to ensure fair access to COVID-19 vaccines, Deutsche Welle reports. World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus welcomed the development, along with COVAX partners Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. But he insisted that there was still "a lot of work to do" to secure support for WHO's goal of giving the vaccine to all health workers and older people in the first 100 days of the year. "We will not end the pandemic anywhere unless we end it everywhere," the WHO chief said in a joint statement.

Staff unload the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by COVAX at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana's capital.

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