Hope for Africa as Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines lands in Ghana
The nation of Ghana, with over 80,700 reported cases and over 580 deaths, becomes the first country to receive the vaccines under the COVAX facility- The World Health Organization sharing scheme with the aim of global fair access to Covid-19 vaccines for all countries.
According to Africa CDC-Covid-19 daily updates, on February 24, 2021, Africa stood at 3,844,799 reported cases with a death toll of 102,097. With 3, 408, 755 people reported having recovered from the pandemic.
"The only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all". a statement made by a UNICEF representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay. This statement came after the nation of Ghana witnessed the AstraZeneca Vaccines arrive at the International airport of Accra on February 24, 2021.
COVAX facility, launched in June 2020, is led by WHO, GAVI- The Vaccine Alliance and CEPI- The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations.
COVAX facility plans to deliver 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021.
The shipment of 600,000 COVAX vaccines from the Serum Institute of India has been described as just the beginning of the global procurement and supply of vaccines to all countries.
According to Tedros Adhanom- WHO Director-General, 210 million doses of vaccines have been distributed globally, but half of those are just in two countries. "More than 200 countries are yet to administer a single dose," said Tedros.
Could this be the glimmer of hope or the path to recovery against Covid-19? We need to keep our hope and look forward to a lasting solution against this global pandemic.