Ghana President Akufo-Addo receives world’s first free COVAX jab

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President and first woman obtained the AstraZeneca jabs, a day earlier than the remainder of the 600,000 doses are deployed throughout the nation.

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has turn into the world’s first recipient of a coronavirus vaccine from COVAX, a worldwide scheme to acquire and distribute inoculations free of charge for poorer international locations.

Rich international locations have surged forward with inoculating their inhabitants, whereas many poorer international locations are nonetheless awaiting their first vaccine doses.

“It is important that I set the example that this vaccine is safe by being the first to have it so that everybody in Ghana can feel comfortable about taking this vaccine,” the 76-year outdated president stated earlier than receiving a shot of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine in a reside broadcast.

First Lady Rebecca Akufo-Addo additionally obtained a shot, in the future earlier than the remainder of the 600,000 doses are deployed throughout the nation.

Ghana’s meals and drug authority final month authorised the Indian-made vaccine and Russia’s Sputnik V, as the federal government goals to focus on 20 of its 30 million inhabitants by 12 months’s finish.

Last Wednesday, Ghana was the primary nation to obtain vaccines from COVAX, led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).

Some 145 collaborating economies are set to obtain 337.2 million doses by mid-year – sufficient to vaccinate a bit greater than three % of their mixed populations.

COVAX has stated it hopes to boost the determine to as much as 27 % in lower-income international locations by the top of December.

Ghana kicks off vaccinations

Ghana has recorded 84,023 COVID-19 instances and 607 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic, though the true determine is believed to be greater due to the restricted testing.

Schools reopened in January after a 10-month closure, however giant social gatherings are banned and land and sea borders have remained closed since March 2020.

Despite the vaccine roll-out, the president stated all the present restrictions to curb the unfold of the virus had been to stay in place.

Meanwhile, in neighbouring Ivory Coast, individuals started to queue early on Monday because the nation ready to turn into the primary to launch a COVID inoculation drive with doses from COVAX.

Ivory Coast obtained 504,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Friday and plans to roll it out to medical employees, members of the safety forces and lecturers earlier than vaccinating individuals over 50, these with power ailments and travellers.

More than 100 individuals had been lining up early on Monday at a sports activities advanced within the Treichville neighbourhood of Ivory Coast’s industrial capital Abidjan to obtain their first shot.