Ivory Coast to Start COVAX Vaccine Program Rollout

Ivory Coast is poised to begin a vaccination drive on Monday after receiving 504,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Vaccines via COVAX.

Eugene Aka Aouele, the country’s health minister, said the goal of the first phase of vaccinations is to reach more than 250,000 people. The drive will target health workers, defence and security forces, and teachers in the nation’s capital, Abidjan, where 95% of the country’s cases are recorded.

“This is an important step in our shared fight against the common enemy that is COVID-19,” the minister said. “The pandemic has taken a heavy toll around the world and our country is no exception.”

According to Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Ivory Coast has recorded 32,295 cases and 188 deaths, since its first case in March 2020. The country is currently in the second wave of the virus.

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