The first shipment of the Aztrazeneca-Oxford vaccineOrganization in Accra, Ghana. The shipment is said to contain at least 600,000 doses of the vaccine.
The vaccines were acquired through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX scheme, which was set up to get COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable groups in order to contain the pandemic.
In a joint statement by the United Nations International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Ghana and WHO, officials described the arrival as a “momentous occasion,” stating that “the only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all.”
The COVAX facility aims to deliver 2 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccines this year.
The shipment is the first of a set of deliveries of the AstraZeneca-Oxford Vaccines, headed to low and middle-income countries.
The doses will mark the start of a vaccination drive that will prioritize frontline healthcare workers and people at high risk.