It was with great excitement as the West Africa Nation, Ghana happens to be the first recipient of COVID-19 vaccine doses distributed by COVAX, a global vaccine sharing initiative.
The Health Minister-Designate, Kwaku Agyeman Menu among key government, officials from the health ministry, and a section of diplomats in the country were at the Kotoka International Airport (KIA) to receive the vaccines.
Ghana took delivery of 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine made by the Serum Institute of India.
In a short remark at the Airport this morning, the Health Minister-Designate, Kwaku Agyeman Manu commended all those who help for the vaccine to get to the Ghanaian people.
“We thank partners who joined and had contributed massively, to enable COVAX to do what they are doing,” he added.
The Health Minister-Designate noted the delivery was also made possible through the connections and hard-work of President Akufo Addo.
“After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin,” UNICEF said in a statement to mark the occasion.
The statement added “this is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end. The only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all.”
UNICEF expects this arrival to be part of the “largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.”
Sources say the COVAX Facility plans to deliver close to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year.
“This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure all citizens have access to vaccines,” UNICEF noted.
The Ministry of Information has earlier disclosed in a statement seen by Capitalnewsonline.com that the newly arrived vaccines will be deployed to designated health facilities from March 2.
It further noted that areas earmarked for the initial vaccine rollout are the Greater Accra Metro including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region.
According to the Ministry, a segment of the population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered.
By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu/capitalnewsonline.com
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