ABIDJAN, 27 February 2021 – Half a million doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX initiative have been delivered to Cote d’Ivoire.
This is the second consignment of COVAX-donated vaccines to be delivered in any African country after the first consignment was received Wednesday in neighboring Accra, Ghana.
Ivorian health minister Eugene Aka Aouele was on hand to receive AstraZeneca vaccine doses delivered from a plant in India.
“This is an important step in our shared fight against the common enemy that is Covid-19,” Aka Aouele told reporters.
“The pandemic has taken a heavy toll around the world and our country is no exception,” the minister said.
More than 32,000 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the west African nation, which has also reported 188 fatalities from complications brought about by the virus..
“This is a tragedy,” Aka Aouele said Saturday.
Cote d’Ivoire intends to prioritize the inoculation of healthcare professionals, the elderly, people with underlying health conditions, teachers, and members of the security forces.
Inoculations will start next week, health officials in Abidjan have confirmed.
As of Saturday, 27 February 2021, Cote d’Ivoire had confirmed 32,478 cases of COVID-19 with 190 fatalities and some 31,431 full recoveries.
All data reporting models stressed that the actual death toll from COVID-19 is likely to be higher than the number of confirmed deaths due to the limited testing and problems in the attribution of the cause of death.