Ghana gets second batch of 350,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 Vaccines from COVAX

*The former Gold Coast was the first country ever to receive COVID-19 Vaccines from COVAX, an initiative which aims to provide at least 2 billion free doses to lower-income countries of the world

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

As the benefitting countries anxiously await the shipment of the more vaccines from the Initiative, Ghana has become the first country to get a second delivery of AstraZeneca Vaccines from the World Health Organisation-backed COVAX facility after India.

It is recalled that India, which manufactures the shots, earlier had halted exports of the drugs to face its own devastating health.

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo Ado

Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, a Ghanaian Ministry of Health official, said by phone from the capital, Accra, that the batch of 350,000 AstraZeneca Vaccines made by the Serum Institute of India arrived the former Gold Coast from the Democratic Republic of Congo Friday, May 7, 2021.

Congo gave up 1.3 million Covid shots to other countries due to its inability to distribute them before their expiry, says agency report.

It was gathered the remaining 950,000 vaccines will likely be sent to other African countries to enhance vaccinations.

Ghana is regarded as the first country to receive vaccines from COVAX, an initiative which aims to provide at least 2 billion free doses to lower-income countries of the world.

It had only taken delivery of 600,000 out of an expected 2.4 million doses, when India’s export restrictions affected supplies to 60 countries, including 38 in Africa, according to the vaccine group, Gavi.

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