Cote d’Ivoire prepares to launch COVID-19 vaccination drive
Ivory Coast received 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine on Friday, licensed by the Serum Institute of India, to India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan, on 26 February 2021 and plans to roll it out to medical workers, security forces members and teachers before vaccinating people over 50, those with chronic diseases and travellers.
This marks the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented effort to provide at least 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine by the end of 2021.
Over a hundred people were lining up early on Monday at a sports complex in the Treichville neighborhood of Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan to receive their first shot.
COVAX, which is led by the GAVI vaccines alliance along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners, is meant to ensure fairer distribution. It aims to deliver nearly 2 billion doses to over 90 low- and middle-income countries, covering up to 20% of their populations.
The initiative hopes to level a playing field that has seen wealthier nations vaccinate millions while comparatively few have received shots in poorer parts of the world.