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First consignment of Covax vaccines arrives in Ghana

First consignment of Covax vaccines arrives in Ghana

"Ghana is among the first countries to receive Covax vaccines based on various factors, including a strong rollout plan & all regulatory steps in place".

World Health Organization is working with Chubb, a property and casualty insurance company, to secure insurance coverage for the program with Chubb as lead insurer.

"With the first shipment of doses, we can make good on the promise of the COVAX Facility to ensure people from less wealthy countries are not left behind in the race for life-saving vaccines", said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF's executive director.

Vietnam is expected to be provided with 4.9 million doses of a Covid-19 vaccine produced by British-Swedish AstraZeneca with Oxford University within the first half of this year through Covax. A total 1.2 million doses are scheduled to arrive in the first quarter and over 3.6 million doses in the second quarter, prioritized for medics, customs officers, diplomatic personnel, soldiers, police officers and teachers.

Covax is a global initiative that aims at accelerating fair and equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for every country.

Vietnam has recorded 2,395 Covid-19 cases, with 639 active.

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"The next phase in the fight against this disease can begin - the ramping up of the largest immunization campaign in history".

And Russia has offered to supply 300 million doses of its Sputnik V vaccine to the AU scheme along with a financing package.

Ghana has recorded over 80 000 COVID-19 cases and almost 600 deaths.

The continent, relatively spared by the pandemic, was the last except Oceania to reach the threshold of 100,000 deaths, which Europe crossed in April 2020. Under the facility's Advance Market Commitment (AMC) programme, 92 low- and middle-income countries will get vaccine supported by Covax's dedicated fund.

Some 145 participating economies are set to receive 337.2 million doses - enough to vaccinate a little over three% of their combined populations.

In Ghana, schools reopened in January after a 10-month closure, but large social gatherings are banned and land and sea borders have remained closed since March 2020.

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