Ivory Coast becomes second country to get Covax jabs


Workers unload boxes with the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine as the country receives its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines under the Covax scheme, in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, 26 February 2021

Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus jabs as part of the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax.

Half a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from a plant in India.

Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé welcomed their arrival, saying the fight against the pandemic must be done democratically.

“This is an important step in our shared fight against the common enemy that is Covid-19,” he said.

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“The pandemic has taken a heavy toll around the world and our country is no exception. More than 32,000 people living in Ivory Coast have been infected with the disease, and 188 have died. This is a tragedy.”

Ivory Coast plans initially to immunise health workers, teachers and members of the security forces, starting next week.

On Wednesday, the first Covax consignment arrived in neighbouring Ghana.

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