Ivory Coast has become the world’s second most common country to receive the vaccine-shared COVID-19 shipment through COVAX. The vaccines of the Serum Institute of India, 504,000 doses Oxford-AstraZeneca, arrived in Abidjan, the capital of trade, paving the way for the West African nation in a vaccination action next week.
On Wednesday, Ghana received the first COVAX shipping which marked the beginning of what the WHO and UNICEF have known as the largest supply and vaccine procurement ever.
By the end of 2021, COVAX plans to deliver almost two billion doses to more than 90 low and medium-income countries in the hope of a level playing field where rich countries have vaccinated millions, while relatively few in poorer parts of the world have received shots. The initiative – led by the World Hospital Organization, Gavi vaccine group and the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness – has been hampered by the severely limited global dosing supply and the logistical challenges behind vaccines globally.
WHO Africa expects around 24 additional countries to start receiving COVAX vaccines next week, according to WHO Africa. On Monday, Ivory Coast is about to start its vaccination. Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouele said in Abidjan, where 95 percent of the country’s cases were recorded, the early stage would be targeted by the health and defense forces and the security and education staff. The minister said that more than 250,000 people will be involved in the first batch. The Ivory Coast has more than 25 million inhabitants.
Data source: Al Jazeera and News Agencies