Ghana has administered over 420,000 doses of covid-19 AstraZeneca vaccine
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has commended Africa for progress made in vaccinating its citizens against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seven million Africans have so far taken the COVID-19 vaccine doses within two weeks after receiving COVAX-funded AstraZeneca vaccines.
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti reiterated that despite the fact that Africa received the vaccines late and in limited quantities, it was grateful and impressed with the level of it overwhelmed acceptance.
“Although Africa received vaccines late and in limited quantities, a lot of ground has been covered in a short space of time. This is due to the continent’s vast experience in mass vaccination campaigns and the determination of its leaders and people to effectively curb COVID-19,” he said.
“Compared with countries in other regions that accessed vaccines much earlier, the initial rollout phase in some African countries has reached a far higher number of people.”
38 African countries have received over 25 million COVID-19 vaccines, 30 have started vaccination campaigns.
Ghana has administered over 420,000 doses of the vaccine and have covered more than 60 percent of the targeted population in its first phase in the Greater Accra region.
90% of health workers in the greater Accra region have been administered the dose.
Priority population groups including health workers, older people and people with health conditions placing them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 illness.
Following Europe’s halt on administering the dose, parts of Africa have also done likewise following an alleged blood cloth disorders in some people
The suspension is with regard to one specific batch of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which according it source, has not been distributed to Africa.