African countries launch their coronavirus vaccination drive

2021-03-03 10:47:08
African countries launch their coronavirus vaccination drive

African countries are starting their coronavirus vaccination drive from the global COVAX vaccine-sharing program.

Ghana launched its coronavirus vaccination drive on Tuesday, while neighboring Ivory Coast started a day earlier on Monday

Ghana's President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday became the first to receive a coronavirus vaccine through the scheme.

COVAX is the program backed by the World Health Organization and GAVI vaccine alliance to provide vaccines for poor and middle-income countries. It said on Tuesday it aims to deliver 237 million doses.

On Tuesday, COVAX delivered 3.92 million doses of the vaccine to Nigeria, 1.7 million doses to Democratic Republic of Congo, 624,000 to Angola and 36,000 to Gambia. Senegal expects 324,000 doses from the scheme to arrive on Wednesday.

In Ghana, people lined up outside the regional hospital in the capital, Accra, for a first phase of vaccinations which is prioritising frontline health workers and others at high risk.

The West African country aims to vaccinate 20 million people, or over 66% of its population, by the end of 2021, according to President Nana Akufo-Addo.

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