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Ghana receives first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines

Today, Wednesday, February 24, government has confirmed of the arrival of the first batch of coronavirus  vaccines at Kotoka International Airport.

Kwaku Agyemang Manu, Minister-designate for Health, will lead the government delegation to receive the vaccines.

Thus, after Algeria, Guinea, Tunisia and Gabon, Ghana will be the 31st  country in the world and fifth country in  Africa to receive the vaccines, respectively.

A nationwide vaccination exercise is expected to be rolled out in March with 20 per cent of the population expected to be vaccinated.

Ghana is to begin Covid-19 vaccination on March 2 as government takes delivery of 600,000 AstraZeneca doses today.

The Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah said the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine was made by the Serum Institute of India (Covishield).

“This is the first consignment of vaccines acquired through the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX) which Ghana, among 92 countries, has signed unto.

“Covid-19 vaccination will be conducted in phases among segmented populations.

According to him, “the first segment of the population that will receive from the 600,000 doses will be health workers, adults 60 years and over, people with underlying health conditions, frontline executive, legislature, judiciary and their related staff, frontline security personnel, some religious leaders, essential workers and teachers.”

He said other personalities in Greater Accra Metro including Awutu Senya and Awutu Senya East in the Central Region will receive the doses.

“A similar segmented population in the Greater Kumasi Metro and Obuasi municipality will also be covered.”

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