Ghana receives COVID-19 vaccines through WHO's COVAX

  • Ghana receives COVID-19 vaccines through WHO's COVAX

Ghana receives COVID-19 vaccines through WHO's COVAX

Frontline workers in Ghana are meant to be the first to receive the vaccine.

By providing no-fault lump-sum compensation in full and final settlement of any claims, the program aims to significantly reduce the need for recourse to the law courts, a potentially lengthy and costly process, it said.

"This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure all citizens have access to vaccines", it adds.

"So far 210 million doses of vaccine have been administered globally but half of those are in just two countries; more than 200 countries are yet to administer a single dose", he said, urging wealthy countries to share now available supplies.

The West African countries of Ghana, with its 31 million population, and Cote d'Ivoire, with 26 million, were selected as the first recipient after they sent a rollout plan to Covax proving their health-care teams and cold chain equipment were ready to support a quick distribution.

Australia struck a deal to join COVAX, which is co-led by World Health Organization, epidemic response group CEPI and the Vaccine Alliance of Governments and Organisations, last year.

Vietnam has recorded 2,395 Covid-19 cases, with 639 active.

Ghana has recorded over 80 000 COVID-19 cases and almost 600 deaths.

The COVAX shipment to Ghana is the start of what will be the world's largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history, according to the statement.

To help speed up immunisation of the continent's 1.3 billion people, the African Union said it had secured 270 million doses of anti-Covid vaccines for delivery this year.

COVAX through subsidised funding allows for poorer countries to acquire vaccines.

Covax has said it hopes to raise the figure to up to 27% in lower-income countries by the end of December.

New variants of the virus, including in neighbouring Nigeria, are spreading across the continent with the United Kingdom and South African variants recorded in cases in Ghana.

In Ghana, schools reopened in January after a 10-month closure, but large social gatherings are banned and land and sea borders have remained closed since March 2020.