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More African countries receive Covid-19 vaccines, Covax to send 200m doses to 142 nations by May

  • 2021-03-03 05:16:10
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The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, has said more than 200 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine are expected to be sent to 142 countries by the end of May.

They will be delivered under the Covax scheme which provides poorer countries with free inoculations.

A shipment of nearly four million coronavirus vaccines has arrived in Nigeria - the third West African country to receive Covax shots after Ghana and Ivory Coast where vaccination campaigns have now begun.

Dr Tedros said vaccine deliveries were also planned on Tuesday to Angola, Cambodia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


More African countries receive vaccines

More African countries have received their first batches of the coronavirus vaccines under the global Covax scheme.

Kenya received 1.02 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines on Wednesday, becoming the third East African country to benefit from the Covax scheme.

The doses are enough to vaccinate 500,000 people in the first phase. Frontline health workers, teachers, police officers and the elderly will be first in line.

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, Health Minister Eteni Longondo was at the airport on Tuesday night to receive 1.7 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

The DR Congo is expecting a total 6.9 million doses to be delivered from now up till the end of May 2021.

Angola received 624,000 doses of the vaccine, while The Gambia received 36,000 doses on Wednesday.

The Covax scheme is a World Health Organization (WHO)-driven strategy for a global and equitable distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine. It hopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries in less than a year.