İrem UZUN -TDO- Ghana has become the first country to receive coronavirus vaccines through the COVAX vaccine-sharing initiative. A delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Accra on Wednesday. The first recipients are due to be healthcare workers.
The shipment, consisting of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines, arrived at 7 am Wednesday on an Emirates flight at Kotoka International Airport. The minister for health-designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, led a government delegation to receive the consignment. As the plane carrying the vaccines landed, state-run Ghana Broadcasting Corporation journalist Abdul Hayi-Moomen declared "The flight carrying the vaccines that we so much look forward to receiving, I believe hope has arrived."
Ghana is among 92 countries that have signed onto the COVAX program, according to a statement by Ghana’s acting Minister of Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah. The West African nation of 30 million has recorded 81,245 cases and 584 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic, according to figures from Ghana’s Health Services Tuesday. Ghana's vaccination campaign will begin March 2 and will be conducted in phases among prioritized groups, beginning with health workers, adults of 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary, and their related staff, said Nkrumah.