by: Trokon Wrepue, [email protected]
Claim: Breaking News: Today marks a big first step towards achieving vaccine equity. 600.000 COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Accra, Ghana this morning making the country the first in Africa to receive the vaccine from the COVAX facility (co-led by WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations-CEPI). We are also working closely with governments & manufacturers to ensure health workers & older people receive COVID-19 vaccines in all countries within the first 100 days of 2021.
Source: Social Media (WHO Facebook page)
Fact Check: ‘The Stage Media’ verification shows that it is true 600,000 Doses of COVID-19 Vaccines have arrived in Accra, Ghana on February 24, 2021. Ghana is the first African country on the continent to receive the COVID-19 vaccines. According to the WALL STREET JOURNAL, the first shipment of free COVID-19 vaccines from the World Health Organization-backed Covax facility landed in Ghana Wednesday morning, marking the beginning of what is shaping up to the biggest vaccination drive in history aimed at developing countries.
The delivery-consisting of 600,000 doses of vaccines developed by the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca PLC and produced by the Serum Institute of India was greeted by senior Ghanaian government officials at Kotoka International Airport in the capital Accra. According to official data, more than 81,000 Ghanaians have texted positive for COVID-19 and at least 580 have died. However, like in other African nations, testing capacities in Ghana are low and the real number of infections and deaths is likely to be much higher.