Nigeria Expected To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines By March - Health Minister

James Marshall
Февраля 27, 2021

AstraZeneca had asked the Serum Insitute of India, said to be the largest vaccine producer in the world, to produce the vaccine for low and middle income countries.

Not all countries can afford their own COVID-19 vaccines, and in past pandemics, including the 2009 swine flu pandemic, vaccines were hoarded by rich countries until the outbreak ended.

"Concerted worldwide action is the only way for us to end the pandemic".

It also helped the Ministry of Education during the closure of schools, where six million children were able to access distance learning through the Ghana Learning TV channel and 32,000 teachers trained to deliver remote learning.

UNICEF shows the aircraft containing first batch of Covid-19 vaccines distributed by the COVAX facility arriving at the Kotoka International Airport in Ghana. COVAX is a global expression of equity and it can not be stressed enough that to end the pandemic all countries must move forward with vaccination together.

Even as it celebrated receiving the first doses, Ghana noted the long road ahead.

COVAX is co-led by the World Health Organization, the GAVI vaccines alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and UNICEF.

It hopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries including Fiji in less than a year.

A statement issued by the Commission, copied to the Ghana News Agency, quoted Mr Dominic Raab, the UK's Foreign Secretary, as saying: "Today's rollout of vaccines to the world's most vulnerable countries is a huge step forward in ending this pandemic".

The only way out of this crisis is to ensure that vaccinations are available for all.

The target for 2021 is 1.3 billion doses in the 92 countries, and up to 2 billion taking into consideration the other countries, she said.

"I think that more actors, once they feel a little bit reassured about their own population, would for sure come and help so we can catch up", she said.

Historically, some drugs have been tested on people in Africa, he said, so there are some concerns the shipment of vaccine is part of human trials.

Several wealthier countries have come under fire for buying up huge quantities of vaccines - the United Kingdom, for instance, has deals for enough to cover its population more than five times over.

Vaccination programs against the coronavirus are underway mainly in developed countries while many developing countries have no prospect of starting them.

On Wednesday, Nigeria's health minister admitted that the country may have to wait till March to receive its first doses of the vaccines.

The initiative has received billions of dollars in funding, but WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out this week that money is nearly meaningless if there are no vaccines to buy.

Through the supply agreement, UNICEF, along with procurement partners including the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO), will have access to up to 170 million doses of vaccines for around 85 countries. This is the third such agreement for COVID-19 vaccines, following previously announced agreements with Pfizer and the Serum Institute of India.

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