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Ghana was the first country to receive COVID-19 vaccines under the COVAX Facility

On February 24, Ghana received a shipment of COVID-19 vaccines, beginning the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The operation was part of the first wave of vaccines being administered in low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX Facility. The 600,000 AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccines were licensed to the Serum Institute of India. The timely shipment offered hope on the heels of the sharp increase in confirmed coronavirus cases that occurred in January. 

Top photo: On March 2, health worker Lucy Addy got her COVID-19 vaccine. Among the first wave of frontline workers vaccinated in Ghana, Addy said she was "excited because I know vaccination will help curb the increased rate of infection we are experiencing now and protect us as we handle cases in the intensive care unit. Cases are more severe and oxygen-dependent, unlike before.”