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Ghana takes delivery of 350,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines

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Ghana has today, May 7, taken delivery of its second batch of the Covid-19 vaccine.

A total of 350,000 doses the AstraZeneca vaccines arrived at the Kotota International Airport this morning.

Following a delay in the delivery of the vaccines, the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye had assured Ghanaians that government was working assiduously to procure the next batch of the vaccines.

The delivery which is part of the COVAX initiative was supervised by UNICEF.

The vaccines, which were allocated to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), were sent to Ghana after the DRC failed to utilise them weeks after they took delivery of them.

It was received at the Kotoka International Airport by the Chief Director of the Ministry of Health Kwabena Boadu Oku-Afari.

He explained that the delay in the procurement of additional Covid-19 vaccines is occasioned by the global scramble for vaccines and the unavailability of same.

This second batch of AstraZeneca vaccines forms part of a total of 1.3 million doses being distributed via the COVAX platform.

So far a total of 850,000 vaccinations have been carried out in the country after the first batch of the doses were received in February this year.

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