ABIJAN, Ivory Coast (Ivory Coast) – Ivory Coast on Friday became the second country in the world to receive a consignment of COVID-19 vaccines from the global COVAX initiative with 504,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the Serum Institute of India.
The vaccines reached the commercial capital of Abidjan as part of the first wave of COVID-19 vaccines sent by COVAX to ensure equitable access to doses for low- and middle-income countries.
According to the World Health Organization և UNICEF, the first COVAX shipment was shipped to Ghana on Wednesday, marking the delivery of the largest vaccine purchases in history.
COVAX’s initiative has been hampered by very limited global supply of doses, as well as logistical problems that are driving vaccinations around the world.
About 24 other countries are expected to receive vaccines through COVAX next week, according to the WHO Africa.
Ivory Coast will launch its vaccination campaign on Monday, the government said. The Minister of Health, Eugene Aka Auele, said that the first phase of the people of West Africa will be aimed at the health personnel, defense, security forces and teaching staff in Abidjan, where 95% of the country’s cases are registered.
The minister said the first batch would target more than 250,000 people. Ivory Coast has a population of over 25 million.
Ivory Coast is “happy and proud” to be the second African country after Ghana to receive vaccines through the COVAX facility. “This is a significant step in the joint fight against a common enemy, which is COVID-19,” the minister said. “The epidemic has caused great damage to the whole world. Our country is no exception.”
Like many African countries, Ivory Coast is facing a renaissance of the epidemic, which has escalated into hospitalizations. According to the African Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it had 32,295 deaths and 188 deaths since its first case on March 11, 2020.
Ivory Coast is among 92 countries to receive free vaccines through the WHO-led COVAX initiative; Gavi, a group of vaccines; ից Coalition of Epidemiological Preparation Innovations. Another 90 countries have agreed to pay for doses in eight areas.
“Today is the first step in achieving our shared vision for vaccine justice, but it is only the beginning,” said Dr. Jean-Anne-Marie Vian Yameogo, WHO Ivory Coast Representative. “The global epidemic has already killed hundreds of thousands of people, disrupted the lives of billions of people, and is the only way for global health care providers to have access to a vaccine that protects those most at risk of contracting the disease.” mitigate the impact of the epidemic on public health և economy. ”