US donates 560,000 vaccines to Ghana


    The United States has shipped more than 560,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to the West African nation of Ghana, the White House told VOA on Wednesday.

    “As the president has said, America will be the arsenal of vaccines in our fight against COVID-19,” a White House official told VOA. “We are proud to be able to deliver these safe and effective vaccines to the people of Ghana.”

    The White House told VOA the 565,110 doses of the vaccine shipped on Tuesday.

    They will be distributed through COVAX, a global initiative founded to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.

    These new doses come from the half-billion doses secured by President Joe Biden’s administration over the summer, the White House said.

    FILE – Medical officer Dr. Emmanuel Addipa-Adapoe, 42, receives a COVID-19 vaccine during the vaccination campaign at the Ridge Hospital in Accra, Ghana, March 2, 2021.

    Ghana, a coastal nation of 31 million people, has reported nearly 157,000 cases of the virus, according to the World Health Organization. That has resulted in 1,395 deaths. It has administered more than 9.7 million vaccine doses.

    The nation appears to have recently emerged from a fourth wave of infections. The last wave, which peaked in January, prompted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to issue a Level 3 travel health notice over the high level of infection in the country.