COVAX vaccines arrive in Côte d’Ivoire, vaccination program launches March 1

A medical syringe and a vial in front of the COVAX word are seen in this creative illustrative photo. More than one hundred fifty COVID-19 coronavirus vaccine are in development across the world, several of which have the third phase of clinical trials, as media reported. (Photo illustration by STR/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Six hundred thousand doses of lifesaving COVID-19 vaccine from the UN-partnered COVAX initiative have arrived in Ghana: a historic first for the international partnership to provide equitable innoculations for all. /WHO

Côte d’Ivoire is now the second country in the world to receive COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX.

504,000 doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived Friday.

The World Health Organization (WHO) says Cote d’Ivoire will launch its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Monday 1st March, with frontline health workers and essential staff being among the first to receive them.

Simon Amadou, Head of logistics for UNICEF Côte d’Ivoire said, “we’re very happy and proud to be part of this programme and we’re very excited today, to see the vaccines arrive and we’re very very proud to be able to contribute to this challenge against this pandemic which we hope will soon be over in this country.”

Ghana on Wednesday became the first country in the world to receive a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, an effort backed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to distribute the vaccines for free to poor nations.