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WHO rolls out Covax vaccines to southern Africa

The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access platform, also known as Covax last week delivered 600,000 units of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Ghana and 504,000 to the Ivory Coast.

Ghana received 600,000 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine as part of the global Covax scheme on 24 February 2021. Picture: WHO

CAPE TOWN - The WHO’s Covax facility is on Tuesday also delivering COVID-19 vaccines to southern Africa.

The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access platform, also known as Covax last week delivered 600,000 units of the AstraZeneca vaccine to Ghana and 504,000 to the Ivory Coast.

The mechanism was made available by the World Health Organization and other partners to also make COVID-19 vaccines available to poorer nations.

UNICEF spokesperson James Elder said that they were shipping vials to Angola and Lesotho today.

"It's going to make good on that promise that the Covax facility is going to make sure that people from less wealthy nations aren't left behind. There's a lot of work to do but today is a really great day."

Elder said that 3.92 million COVID-19 vaccine doses had also arrived in Abuja, Nigeria.

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