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Cote d’Ivoire becomes the second to receive COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine in Africa

Cote d’Ivoire becomes the second to receive COVAX COVID-19 Vaccine in Africa

Cote d’Ivoire received a shipment of COVID-19 doses from the COVAX vaccine-sharing facility today, Friday-26th February 2021. After Ghana, the country becomes the second to benefit from the ongoing program to ensure at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.

The COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, licensed by the Serum Institute of India, to India, and 505,000 syringes to the commercial capital Abidjan, on 26 February 2021.

The vaccine doses were received at Abidjan International Airport by Côte d’Ivoire’s Minister of Health and Public Hygiene, Dr Eugène Aka Aouélé, accompanied by members of the COVAX Facility – the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) – in addition to the United Nations Development System (UNDS) Resident Coordinator in Côte d’Ivoire and the ambassadors of the European Union countries, whose funding enabled manufacturing, transport and distribution of the vaccine.

The vaccines transported by UNICEF came from India (Mumbai), and were transported through Dubai where a shipment of syringes from a Gavi-funded stockpile was collected from UNICEF’s regional supply centre. .

This is an important moment for Côte d’Ivoire, the African continent and COVAX, bringing us all closer to our common goal of equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines,” said Gavi’s Managing Director, Marie-Ange Saraka-Yao.

So far, Cote d’Ivoire has confirmed 188 COVID-19-related deaths and 32,295 infections, according to worldometers.info

Cote d’Ivoire is also the first francophone country to receive vaccine doses via COVAX Facility.

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