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COVID-19: Okonjo-Iweala lauds first delivery of COVAX vaccines

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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The Nigerian Former Finance Minister, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has lauded the first delivery of COVAX supported vaccines to Ghana, adding that Nigeria’s supply should be on its way soon, as no trade restrictions or bureaucracy should get in its way.

The Newly Appointed Director General of World Trade Organization WTO, Okonjo-Iweala who expressed excitement over the development and seeing more countries following, said WTO must be part of the solution.

Meanwhile, Ghana becomes the first African country to receive COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX facility, with 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca doses arrived in Accra this morning while the delivery is the first wave of arrivals.

Ghana is among the first countries to receive COVAX vaccines based on various factors, which include a strong rollout plan and regulatory steps in place, as the shipments represent the beginning of the largest vaccine procurement. The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine into Accra on Wednesday morning is a momentous occasion and critical in bringing the pandemic to an end, while the delivery is the first wave of arrivals to continue in coming days. 


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