Health

Ivory Coast receives COVAX COVID-19 vaccines

The WHO regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, said the vaccines will be rolled out to frontline health workers in the coming days.

Ivory Coast has received over 500,000 doses of the Oxford-Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine through the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Assess Facility (COVAX) making it the second country to benefit from the facility.

Ghana is the first country to benefit from the programme with the delivery of 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines on Wednesday.

COVAX, a World Health Organization-backed programme, was set-up to divide about two billion doses of vaccines across 92 low-and middle-income countries.

The facility promised access to vaccines for up to 20 per cent of participating countries’ population with an initial supply beginning in the first quarter of the year to immunise three per cent of their populations.

“Cote d’Ivoire is the second country in Africa to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) regional office for Africa tweeted on Friday.

“504,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine just arrived in Abidjan. Another step towards #VaccinEquity and a symbol of global cooperation and solidarity.”

The WHO regional director, Matshidiso Moeti, said the vaccines will be rolled out to frontline health workers in the coming days.

“Over half a million vaccines just arrived in Abidjan and will be rolled out with frontline health workers in the coming days,” she said.

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