Ghana on Wednesday turned the primary nation to obtain coronavirus vaccines by the worldwide COVAX initiative, a partnership supported by UNICEF in West Africa.
“The shipments additionally signify the start of what ought to be the biggest vaccine procurement and provide operation in historical past,” mentioned UNICEF in an announcement. “The COVAX Facility plans to ship near 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines this yr. That is an unprecedented international effort to verify all residents have entry to vaccines.”
The UN company for kids mentioned the primary cargo of doses means “we are able to make good on the promise” of vaccine entry so folks from much less rich nations are usually not forgotten. Frontline staff can be among the many first to obtain vaccines as Ghana launches its effort with 600,000 doses.
Ghana has seen greater than 80,700 circumstances and 580 COVID-related fatalities for the reason that pandemic started in China in December 2019. UNICEF Consultant in Ghana Anne-Claire Dufay, above, was readily available for the vaccines’ arrival on the airport.
“Vaccines save lives,” mentioned UNICEF government director Henrietta Fore. “As well being staff and different front-line employees are vaccinated, we can regularly see a return to normalcy, together with higher entry to well being, training and safety companies. Within the spirit of Common Well being Protection, let’s go away nobody behind.”