Ghana takes delivery of 600,000 AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine
Ghana on Wednesday took delivery of the first batch of 600,000 AstraZeneca Coronavirus vaccine at a ceremony at the country’s Kotoka International Airport in Accra, becoming the first country in the continent to get the vaccine.
Ghana received the Covid-19 vaccines through the World Health Organization (WHO) backed Covax program, which aims to provide at least 2 billion doses to lower-income countries.
The West African nation took delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Plc vaccines in the capital, Accra at a ceremony at the airport.
The country’s Ministry of information posted the pictures of the vaccine delivery on its facebook page on Wednesday.
President Nana Akufo-Addo is expected to take the first shot on March 2 to build trust in the vaccine’s efficacy, Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said.
Ghana is expecting up to 2.4 million doses from the program, Kwame Amponsa-Achiano, a Ghana Health Service epidemiologist, said by phone.
The actual number of vaccines Ghana receives from Covax will depend on market availability, he said.
Africa’s top gold producer is also working to purchase doses directly from manufacturers in a bid to inoculate its 30 million people.
Its vaccination drive will prioritize health workers, people with underlying health conditions, and security personnel in its first stage.
Ghana has recorded 81,245 coronavirus infections since its first reported cases in March, including 584 deaths, according to government data.