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Ghana becomes first country to receive shipment of COVAX coronavirus vaccines – POLITICO

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Ghana on Wednesday received the world’s first shipment of coronavirus jabs delivered through the mechanism meant to ensure equitable access to vaccines. 

The 600,000 Oxford/AstraZeneca doses mark the start of the arrival of vaccines through COVAX, which seeks to deliver two billion doses around the world this year. Jointly run by the World Health Organization, Gavi and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), COVAX’s first delivery comes almost three months after the first jab was administered in the U.K.

On February 22, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus accused some rich nations of securing vaccines at the expense of COVAX, causing a reduction of vaccines allocated to the mechanism.

In a statement from UNICEF, which is helping COVAX to procure doses and deliver them to countries, Anne-Claire Dufay, UNICEF representative in Ghana, and Francis Kasolo, WHO representative in Ghana, said that “the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin.” Over 580 people have died from COVID-19 in Ghana. 

The vaccines delivered Wednesday come from the Serum Institute of India, one of the two producers of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine that was given emergency use listing by the WHO on February 15.

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