The Government of Ghana on the 18th of August 2021 received 249,600 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines from the Government of the United Kingdom which was facilitated by UNICEF through the COVAX (GAVI, WHO, CEPI & UNICEF as an implementing partner) facility. The vaccines will support the continuation of the Covid-19 national vaccination programme.
The Honourable Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Mensah, together with a Representative of the UK High Commission, Mr John Whittle, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, UNICEF Representative, Chief Director of The Ministry of Health, and EPI Manager received the vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport.
Addressing the media at the Kotoka International Airport, the deputy minister said the donation comes at a time when the government of Ghana has dedicated a lot of resources through the efforts of the Minister for health to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, at the same time addressing the general health needs of the population. According to the Minister, the donation is a further demonstration of the partnership between the UK government and the rest of the world, of which Ghana is part, and commended the UK Government, UNICEF, WHO, and other stakeholders for their continuous support.