The UK Government shipped 249,000 Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccines to Ghana, a part of a broader commitment made by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, at the G7 meeting in June 2021 under which the UK pledged to share 100 million jabs with the rest of the world ( 80% to be through COVAX).

Speaking at Kotoka International Airport, the Chargé d’affaires for the British High Commission to Ghana Dr. Joseph Whittle noted that the shared commitment to overcome COVID-19 had only strengthened the UK-Ghana partnership, and that this was reflected by the fact that Ghana was one of the first countries in the world to receive UK-donated vaccines.

Today’s shipment signals another step forward in Ghana’s vaccine programme. It means 249,600 front-line health workers, vulnerable people most at risk from COVID-19 and those in need of their vital second jab have access to vaccinations and better protection against COVID-19 variants.

Dr. Joseph Whittle | Chargé d’affaires, British High Commission to Ghana

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said three million doses of UK-donated vaccines were now arriving in 11 countries across Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda, to help the fight against COVID-19. “This is the first batch of 80 million being donated via COVAX – because we know no one is safe until everyone is safe,” Secretary Raab added.

The UK continues to support Ghana’s COVID-19 response: putting UK experts at the heart of Ghana’s Health Service and the Ministry of health, supporting the Ministry of Health to expand quality COVID-19 treatment and testing in 40 underserved districts whilst ensuring continuation of essential health services for women and children.

The vaccines were met at Kotoka International Airport by senior officials from the British High Commission to Ghana, including Chargé d’affaires, Dr Joseph Whittle and the UK Health Adviser to Ghana, Uzoamaka Gilpin. Honourable Deputy Minister of Health Tina Mensah and representatives from Ghana’s Ministry of Health also attended the arrival alongside UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay.

The UK will share 100 million jabs with the rest of the world, of which 80% will be through COVAX. The UK has already donated around 5 million vaccine doses to COVAX and 3 million of these doses will be sent to countries across Africa. Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia are among the countries to already receive vaccines. The UK kick-started efforts to establish COVAX in 2020, providing a total of £548 million to fund vaccines for lower income countries. The scheme has delivered more than 152 million vaccine doses to over 137 countries and territories, including in 83 lower-middle income countries. 65% of the initial vaccine doses have been Oxford-AstraZeneca. COVAX aims to deliver 1.8 billion vaccines to lower-income countries around the world by early 2022..