The government of Ghana has taken delivery of 350,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to kick-start the second phase of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.
The consignment, which is under the Covax facility, arrived from DR Congo through Istanbul on a Turkish Airline.
Ghana has started administering the first tranche of AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine which was received on February 24, 2021.
The first shipment of the vaccines from Covax was backed by the World Health Organization as part of efforts to procure and distribute inoculations for free to poor countries.
“These 600,000 Covax vaccines are part of an initial tranche of deliveries of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine licensed to the Serum Institute of India, which represent part of the first wave of Covid vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries,” said UNICEF, which organised the shipment from Mumbai, in a joint statement with the WHO.