Ghana is the first country in the world to receive a free supply of Coronavirus vaccines from the World Health Organization’s COVAX program. The country will receive 600,000 doses of the drug from the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, depending on what it manufactures UNICEF Wednesday is known.
More than 30 million people live in Ghana. With 600,000 doses, 300,000 people can be provided with the two necessary injections to provide maximum protection from the virus.
In the West African country, 80,000 cases of the virus have been diagnosed and 580 deaths related to Corona have been recorded.
The World Health Organization’s COVAX program aims to assist countries that are struggling to purchase Corona vaccines on their own. Many rich countries and the European Union buy almost all vaccines that are put on the market. The World Health Organization hopes to have delivered 2 billion doses worldwide by the end of the year.
Rich countries “store” billions of vaccines
Rich countries announced on Friday that rich countries have requested more than a billion more vaccines against Corona than is necessary to vaccinate their entire population. Research From ONE. As a result, poor countries will have to wait longer before they can also vaccinate their populations, and the epidemic will last longer, the organization warns.
ONE wants countries to make their surpluses available via COVAX. This also gives residents of less affluent countries access to the vaccine.
The Netherlands also expects to receive a very large number of vaccine doses: more than 84.5 million. A health department spokesperson told NU.nl on Wednesday that it was unclear what would happen to any surplus.