Vaccination drive to start on Monday after 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca jabs arrive way of the worldwide vaccine-sharing programme.
Ivory Coast has change into the second nation to obtain a cargo of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, the worldwide vaccine-sharing programme.
The vaccines, 504,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made the Serum Institute of India, arrived on Friday within the industrial capital, Abidjan, paving the best way for the West African nation to launch a vaccination marketing campaign subsequent week.
Ghana obtained the primary COVAX cargo on Wednesday, marking the beginning of what the WHO and UNICEF name the biggest vaccine procurement and provide operation in historical past.
By the top of 2021, COVAX plans to ship practically two billion doses to greater than 90 low and middle-income international locations, hoping to stage a taking part in area that has seen wealthier nations vaccinate tens of millions whereas comparatively few have obtained pictures in poorer elements of the world.
The initiative – led the WHO, a vaccine group Gavi, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Improvements – has been hampered the severely restricted world provide of doses in addition to logistical issues which have set vaccinations behind globally.
In accordance with WHO Africa, round 24 extra international locations are anticipated to begin receiving vaccines through COVAX subsequent week.
Ivory Coast will start its vaccination marketing campaign on Monday.
Well being Minister Eugene Aka Aouele stated the primary section will goal well being personnel, defence and safety forces and instructing employees in Abidjan, the place 95 p.c of the nation’s circumstances have been recorded.
The minister stated this primary batch will goal greater than 250,000 individuals.
Ivory Coast has a inhabitants of greater than 25 million.
“This is a vital step in our shared struggle in opposition to the frequent enemy that’s COVID-19,” the minister stated. “The pandemic has taken a heavy toll world wide and our nation isn’t any exception.”
Ivory Coast faces a resurgence of the pandemic that has elevated circumstances and hospitalisations.
It has recorded 32,295 circumstances and 188 deaths since its first case was recorded on March 11 final yr, in accordance with Africa Centres for Illness Management and Prevention figures.
“In the present day is a vital first step in the direction of reaching our shared imaginative and prescient of vaccine fairness, however it is just the start,” stated the WHO consultant in Ivory Coast, Dr Jean-Marie Vianney Yameogo.
“International and equitable entry to a vaccine, which is able to shield well being employees and people at biggest danger of contracting the illness particularly, is the one technique to mitigate the impression of the pandemic on public well being and the economic system.”