First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa


  • Nowadays, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana started COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed in direction of holding healthcare workers
  • This week’s first vaccinations occur as a extra 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the subsequent seven days
  • Newsletter of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of COVAX’s taking part economies, to be delivered between now and the tip of Would possibly maybe simply, is anticipated day after nowadays

Geneva / New York / Oslo – As the world rollout of COVAX vaccines speeds up, the main COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa the usage of COVAX doses started this day in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire. These campaigns are the amongst the main to say doses equipped by the COVAX Facility’s Gavi COVAX Evolved Market Dedication (AMC). 

The AMC is the COVAX Facility’s mechanism to provide donor-funded vaccines to decrease-earnings international locations.

The campaigns in Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire be aware deliveries to every international locations final week with Ghana taking transport of 600,000 doses on February 24 and Côte d’Ivoire 504,000 doses two days later. Each international locations got the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine licensed and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII). The vaccine, branded COVISHIELD, used to be granted Emergency Use Itemizing (EUL) by the World Health Group on February 15.

H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo, President of the Republic of Ghana acknowledged: “COVID-19 has changed the enviornment. It has charge lives, battered health methods, and broken livelihoods. But, through these challenges, we maintain considered the fully of humanity exemplified through solid multilateral cooperation. Ghana welcomes the arrival of the main doses of COVID-19 vaccines throughout the COVAX AMC as a pathway to ending the acute piece of the pandemic. To maximise the general public health abet of the vaccine, the main doses shall be prioritized for health and well-known workers, and diversified at-probability groups. This significant milestone will enable Ghana to fetch lend a hand to industry, and originate lend a hand our economy even stronger than sooner than.” 

The deliveries stamp the open of what is going to be the greatest, most snappily and complicated world rollout of vaccines in historical previous. In total, COVAX goals to tell no longer decrease than 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the tip of 2021, together and not using a longer decrease than 1.3 billion to the 92 economies eligible for enhance throughout the COVAX AMC.

Confirmation of first-spherical allocations, holding the bulk of the COVAX Facility people, shall be printed 2 March 2021. COVAX doses to this level maintain been delivered by SII to India, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, whereas Pfizer-BioNTech has delivered doses to the Republic of Korea. Extra deliveries by these two manufacturers are deliberate in the upcoming days, with 11 million doses in total deliberate to be delivered over the subsequent seven days. As effectively as, AstraZeneca is decided to birth shipments this week.

COVAX, the overarching effort to tempo up pattern and entry to COVID vaccines, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the World Health Group (WHO) working in partnership with UNICEF besides to the World Bank, manufacturers and civil society organizations, and others.

“Right here’s a day diverse us maintain been dreaming of and working for more than 12 months,” acknowledged Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Total. “It be wonderful to mediate the fruit of that labour. But success is gathered to return. Right here is fully the starting of what COVAX used to be enviornment as much as attain. Now we maintain loads left to achieve to stamp our imaginative and prescient to open vaccination in all international locations at some level of the main 100 days of the Twelve months. There are appropriate 40 days left.”

“As vaccination begins in Côte D’Ivoire, decrease than a Twelve months after COVID-19 used to be characterised as a world pandemic, I’m stuffed with self belief, and I’m clear that through COVAX and global cohesion we would be in a draw to reach the most at-probability all over the set up the set up. International equitable entry to life-saving vaccines is the surest approach to save lives and rebuild economies. I’d are seeking to thank all donors and moreover the leadership of the G7 neighborhood of international locations. At the second vaccine protection is the fully economic protection,” acknowledged José Manuel Barroso, Chair of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.  

“The final Twelve months has been a abominable one for families all over the set up the enviornment, nonetheless the speedy pattern of COVID-19 vaccines equipped a hopeful light on the tip of the tunnel. Nowadays, the COVAX Facility begins to originate factual on its promise to originate clear light shines for all,” acknowledged Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Govt Director. “This extra special world effort has rallied the global neighborhood in the lend a hand of figuring out acceptable vaccines, elevating funds to acquire them, and laying the groundwork for the enviornment’s greatest immunization marketing campaign in historical previous. Now, these vaccines are rapidly reaching folks in low and center-earnings international locations, diverse which can perhaps presumably maintain been left in the lend a hand of without the Facility’s work. This proves what we can originate after all of us – the deepest sector, UN and pattern businesses, governments, donors, and diversified companions – work as one.”

“Right here’s a historic day in the world fight against COVID-19. Nowadays’s vaccinations in Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana are amongst the main to be delivered through COVAX, which would maybe defend many a whole bunch of millions of these most in probability from COVID-19, wherever they are in the enviornment.” acknowledged Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI. “Within the upcoming days and weeks, COVAX will open to redress the world imbalance in vaccine deployment, nonetheless there could be gathered powerful to achieve. The unfold of most contemporary COVID-19 variants methodology world entry to vaccines is more significant than ever sooner than, and the world neighborhood must dwell firmly targeted on this honest if we are to tell the pandemic to an stop.”

The open of Africa’s greatest immunization pressure in historical previous throughout the COVAX Facility marks a step forward in the continent’s fight against COVID-19. It’s some distance a welcome shift in direction of bringing African international locations off the sidelines and lend a hand into the vaccination bustle, correcting the evident inequity which has been an uncomfortable hallmark of the world vaccine rollout to this level. For months WHO groups in the draw and companions maintain been supporting international locations to devise and prepare for the complicated challenges of the kind of big vaccination marketing campaign. We now sit down up for seeing these plans build into motion with an effective and efficient vaccine rollout,” Dr Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa.

“The first COVAX vaccine deliveries in West and Central Africa were a huge first step in direction of fairness and an indication of world cohesion,” acknowledged UNICEF Regional Director for West and Central Africa Marie-Pierre Poirier. “A few days after the vaccine doses landed, we are already celebrating the main COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, starting this day in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire, aimed in direction of holding the most vulnerable. We are proud that international locations in West and Central Africa were ready from the fetch-bound. UNICEF is crammed with life on the bottom, along with WHO and diversified companions, to spice up the roll-out of the vaccination campaigns till each person is stable.“

Quotes from companions and donors

President Ursula von der Leyen, European Commission acknowledged:  “To beat coronavirus, vaccines must reach all corners of the planet, as rapidly as conceivable. I’m contented that now we maintain got tangible results on the bottom. I are seeking to pay tribute to the tireless efforts of our companions, Gavi, CEPI, WHO and UNICEF. Crew Europe is a proud supporter of COVAX and will proceed to stand by the oldsters of Africa.”

Karina Gould, Minister of International Construction, Govt of Canada and Gavi COVAX AMC co-chair acknowledged: “Nowadays is all over yet yet again proof of what could perhaps perhaps moreover be done through global collaboration. Now we maintain reached one other milestone in the world vaccination effort, with the main COVAX vaccines being administered in Cote d’Ivoire. Canada is dedicated to helping each person, all over the set up the set up enhance from the pandemic, and moreover, to strengthening health methods.”

Norwegian Minister of International Construction and co-chair of ACT-A facilitation council Dag-Inge Ulstein acknowledged: “The development on vaccines is spectacular and, as a well-known funder to the ACT Accelerator, we predict about in the necessity for the multilateral intention which is clearly working. As co-chair of the ACT Accelerator Facilitation Council, we urgently must mediate the identical traction in assessments, therapies and health methods. Funding is important to spice up this now; we maintain a dinky window of different with the evolving context of the pandemic -new variants, diminutive vaccine provide, and underinvestment in world solutions methodology we can not be complacent.”

HE Minister of Health in Saudi Arabia, Dr Tawfig AlRabiah acknowledged: “Saudi Arabia’s contribution to this historic second reaffirms our commitment to the principles of ACT-A; equitable entry to diverse pandemic tools, leaving no one in the lend a hand of.”

Adar Poonawalla, CEO, Serum Institute of India (SII) acknowledged: “We are contented to play a bit in vaccinating the enviornment through COVAX. We are in a position to proceed to work in direction of providing equitable entry to vaccines.”

Sai D. Prasad, President, Developing Countries Vaccine Producer’s Community (DCVMN) acknowledged: “Developing Countries Vaccine Producer’s Community has strongly stood with all stakeholders at some level of this extra special time of COVID-19 pandemic and has strived stressful to fabricate, manufacture and roll out COVID-19 vaccines in a describe time span of 10-12 months as a bit of world collaboration and cohesion. We stand together shoulder to shoulder in this endeavour.”

Thomas Cueni, Director Total, International Federation of Pharmaceutical Producers and Associations (IFPMA) acknowledged:“Since the starting of this pandemic, vaccine makers maintain spared no efforts to tempo up pattern, manufacturing, registration, and equitable entry to of excessive-quality vaccines. Pharmaceutical manufacturers are dedicated founding companions of ACT-Accelerator and COVAX, and we are infected that for the main time in the historical previous of pandemics vaccines are rolled out in a coordinated manner rapidly around the enviornment. One other momentous effort, is the scaling up of the vaccine manufacturing from zero to millions in a topic of months. As producing vaccines is a complicated direction of, so with the kind of scale up, there are inevitably going to be challenges forward; we can proceed working collaboratively to fetch solutions and join arms in making historical previous.”

Notes to Editors

Checklist of donor pledges to the Gavi COVAX AMC is on hand right here.  

About COVAX  

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Salvage admission to to COVID-19 Instruments (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance Gavi) and the World Health Group (WHO) – working in partnership with developed and creating nation vaccine manufacturers, UNICEF, the World Bank, and others. It’s the fully world initiative that’s working with governments and manufacturers to originate clear COVID-19 vaccines are on hand worldwide to every bigger-earnings and decrease-earnings international locations.

CEPI is targeted on the COVAX vaccine review and pattern portfolio: investing in R&D all the intention in which through a diversity of promising candidates, with the honest to spice up pattern of three stable and effective vaccines which would maybe moreover be made on hand to international locations taking part in the COVAX Facility. As piece of this work, CEPI has secured first correct of refusal to doubtlessly over a thousand million doses for the COVAX Facility to a different of candidates, and made strategic investments in vaccine manufacturing, which incorporates reserving potential to fabricate doses of COVAX vaccines at a community of services and products, and securing glass vials to relief 2 billion doses of vaccine. CEPI is moreover investing in the ‘subsequent expertise’ of vaccine candidates, which would maybe give the enviornment extra alternate choices to govern COVID-19 in the long urge.

Gavi is targeted on procurement and transport for COVAX: coordinating the originate, implementation and administration of the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its Alliance companions UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, on nation readiness and transport. The COVAX Facility is the world pooled procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines by which COVAX will originate clear comely and equitable entry to vaccines for all 190 taking part economies, the usage of an allocation framework formulated by WHO. The COVAX Facility will attain this by pooling buying for energy from taking part economies and providing quantity ensures all the intention in which through a unfold of promising vaccine candidates. The Gavi COVAX AMC is the financing mechanism that can enhance the participation of 92 low- and center-earnings international locations in the Facility, enabling entry to donor-funded doses of stable and effective vaccines. Gavi is fundraising for the COVAX AMC, and funding UNICEF procurement of vaccines besides to companions’ and governments work on readiness and transport, along side enhance chilly chain gear, technical aid, syringes, vehicles, and diversified aspects of the vastly complicated logistical operation for transport. UNICEF and the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) shall be acting as procurement coordinators for the COVAX Facility, helping tell vaccines to COVAX AMC people and others.

WHO has more than one roles within COVAX: It presents normative steerage on vaccine protection, laws, safety, R&D, allocation, and nation readiness and transport. Its Strategic Advisory Crew of Experts (SAGE) on Immunization develops proof-basically based mostly mostly immunization protection suggestions. Its Emergency Use Itemizing (EUL) / prequalification programmes originate clear harmonized overview and authorization all the intention in which through member states. It presents world coordination and member verbalize enhance on vaccine safety monitoring. It developed the target product profiles for COVID-19 vaccines and presents R&D technical coordination. WHO leads, along with UNICEF, the Nation Readiness and Offer workstream, which presents enhance to international locations as they prepare to receive and administer vaccines. Alongside with Gavi and a immense different of diversified companions working on the world, regional, and nation-stage, the CRD workstream presents tools, steerage, monitoring, and on the bottom technical aid for the planning and roll-out of the vaccines. Alongside with COVAX companions, WHO has developed a no-fault compensation draw as piece of the time-diminutive indemnification and licensed responsibility commitments.

UNICEF is leveraging its expertise as the greatest single vaccine buyer in the enviornment and working with manufacturers and companions on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine doses, besides to freight, logistics and storage. UNICEF already procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines yearly for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of virtually 100 international locations. In collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, UNICEF is main efforts to acquire and provide doses of COVID-19 vaccines for COVAX. As effectively as, UNICEF, Gavi and WHO are working with governments around the clock to originate clear that international locations are ready to receive the vaccines, with appropriate chilly chain gear in set up and health workers knowledgeable to dispense them. UNICEF is moreover taking half in a lead role in efforts to foster believe in vaccines, handing over vaccine self belief communications and tracking and addressing misinformation around the enviornment. 

About CEPI

CEPI is an modern partnership between public, deepest, philanthropic, and civil organisations, launched at Davos in 2017, to fabricate vaccines to end future epidemics. CEPI has moved with huge urgency and in coordination with WHO in line with the emergence of COVID-19. CEPI has initiated ten partnerships to fabricate vaccines against the unique coronavirus. The programmes are leveraging snappily response platforms already supported by CEPI besides to new partnerships.

Sooner than the emergence of COVID-19, CEPI’s priority diseases incorporated Ebola virus, Lassa virus, Heart East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus, Nipah virus, Rift Valley Fever and Chikungunya virus. CEPI moreover invested in platform applied sciences that would moreover be extinct for snappily vaccine and immunoprophylactic pattern against unknown pathogens (Illness X).

About Gavi  

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-deepest partnership that helps vaccinate half the enviornment’s young folks against among the enviornment’s deadliest diseases. Since its inception in 2000, Gavi has helped to immunise a whole expertise – over 822 million young folks – and done without more than 14 million deaths, helping to halve diminutive one mortality in 73 creating international locations. Gavi moreover plays a key role in enhancing world health security by supporting health methods besides to funding world stockpiles for Ebola, cholera, meningitis and yellow fever vaccines. After twenty years of development, Gavi is now targeted on holding the subsequent expertise and reaching the unvaccinated young folks gathered being left in the lend a hand of, the usage of modern finance and the most contemporary expertise – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks sooner than they’ll unfold and succor international locations on the avenue to self-sufficiency. Learn more at and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

The Vaccine Alliance brings together creating nation and donor governments, the World Health Group, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine switch, technical businesses, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and diversified deepest sector companions. Behold the pudgy checklist of donor governments and diversified main organizations that fund Gavi’s work right here

About WHO

The World Health Group presents world leadership in public health at some level of the United Nations machine. Founded in 1948, WHO works with 194 Member States, all the intention in which through six regions and from more than 150 offices, to promote health, preserve the enviornment stable and abet the vulnerable. Our honest for 2019-2023 is to originate clear that one thousand million more folks maintain universal health protection, to guard one thousand million more folks from health emergencies, and provide a extra billion folks with better health and wellbeing.

For updates on COVID-19 and public health advice to guard your self from coronavirus, disclose over with and be aware WHO on TwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedInTikTokPinterestSnapchatYouTube 


 UNICEF works in among the enviornment’s toughest locations, to reach the enviornment’s most deprived young folks. All the intention in which through 190 international locations and territories, we work for every diminutive one, all over the set up the set up, to originate an even bigger world for each person. For more info about UNICEF and its work for young folks, disclose over with For more info about COVID-19, disclose over with . Discover more about UNICEF’s work on the COVID-19 vaccines right here, or about UNICEF’s work on immunization right here.  

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About the ACT-Accelerator  

The Salvage admission to to COVID-19 Instruments ACT-Accelerator, is a brand new, ground-breaking world collaboration to tempo up the approach, manufacturing, and equitable entry to COVID-19 assessments, therapies, and vaccines. It used to be enviornment up in line with a call from G20 leaders in March and launched by the WHO, European Commission, France and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in April 2020. 

The ACT-Accelerator is never any longer a dedication-making physique or a brand new organisation, nonetheless works to tempo up collaborative efforts amongst present organisations to total the pandemic. It’s some distance a framework for collaboration that has been designed to tell key gamers around the table with the honest of ending the pandemic as rapidly as conceivable throughout the accelerated pattern, equitable allocation, and scaled up transport of assessments, therapies and vaccines, thereby holding health methods and restoring societies and economies in the shut to time-frame. It draws on the expertise of main world health organisations that are tackling the enviornment’s toughest health challenges, and who, by working together, are in a draw to unencumber new and more intrepid results against COVID-19. Its people fragment a commitment to originate clear all folks maintain entry to the total tools desired to defeat COVID-19 and to work with extra special levels of partnership to achieve it. 

The ACT-Accelerator has four areas of labor: diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines and the health machine connector. Unhealthy-cutting all of these is the workstream on Salvage admission to & Allocation. 

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