249,600 Doses of AstraZeneca Vaccines Arrive In Ghana

The Ministry of Health, (MoH) has taken delivery of additional 249,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from the United Kingdom.

The vaccines arrived at the Kotoka International Airport yesterday from the UK government was through the COVAX facility.

The consignment was received by the Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, a representative of the UK High Commission, John Whittle and the UNICEF Representative to Ghana, Ann Claire Duffey.

The vaccines will be transported to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) for storage and onward distribution across the country.

UNICEF said the donation is to “support the ongoing vaccination campaign.”

The arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine boosts the country’s Covid-19 vaccination drive.

AstraZeneca was the first vaccine to arrive in Ghana earlier this year as part of efforts to beat Covid-19.

Out of the about 800,000 people to have been vaccinated with AstraZeneca, nearly half of the number is yet to get the second jab.

Ghana is already vaccinating a section of the population with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which arrived in the country last month through under the African Union’s African Vaccine Acquisition Trust initiative.

A total of 177,600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are currently being administered to unvaccinated persons in Covid-19 hotspots in the Greater Accra and the Ashanti regions.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri

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