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  • Ghana has received the first covert 19 vaccines through Kovacs.

  • That's a W H O scheme designed to help distribute doses fairly around the world.

  • Here was the arrival 600,000 doses of the Oxford AstraZeneca job landing on this plane in the capital Accra.

  • A government delegation led by the health minister was there to receive them or Ghana has a population of 31 million on it was chosen as the first recipient after promising quick distribution.

  • His vaccination drive will start on March.

  • The second on frontline health workers along with the vulnerable will be first in the Cube is the BBC's Thomas Noddy in a crime.

  • The initial target is to vaccinate 20 million people out of the country state, 80 million population.

  • A number off new variants have been identified in the country, among them the more infectious British variant.

  • On Friday, Ghana's Health service said that while infections have peaked hospitals, we're still recording a high number off cases.

  • The country has recorded over 80,000 cases off the virus and 582 days since the outbreak in March.

  • Now the doses air in West Africa now they came from the Serum Institute of India, which is the world's biggest vaccine manufacturer.

  • Here they are being packed into boxes at a facility in Punny.

  • We're told other shipments from this factory are due to arrive in other parts of Africa very soon, while the W.

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  • Children's charity, UNICEF, are hailing this moment.

  • Here's a statement from UNICEF saying In the days ahead, frontline workers will begin to receive vaccines and the next phase and the fight against this disease can begin the ramping up of the largest immunization campaign in history.

  • Well, the delivery is eight months after the start of Kovacs.

  • The idea behind it is to ensure that everyone gets vaccines regardless of their wealth or their country's wealth, and this is how it works.

  • Kovacs pulls funds from wealthier countries to help by vaccines for those countries if they want them, but more importantly, lower income countries.

  • Its goal is to deliver 2.3 billion vaccines to people in 190 countries by the end of this year, and most of those doses will go to the lower income countries free of charge.

  • Success, of course, hinges on funding being provided these countries have signed up.

  • They have a choice of paying for their own jabs on those of countries unable to afford them.

  • Or they can simply put money in which will fund doses to those lower income countries.

  • So far, over $10 billion is being committed.

  • That seems a lot.

  • It is a lot.

  • However, it's still $800 million short of this year's target on We know that richer countries have been able to buy farm or covert jabs than lower income ones.

  • Here's the Economist on the scale of the problem, saying the 54 wealthiest countries air home to 18% of the world's adult population but have ordered 40% of all available vaccines.

  • It blames vaccine hoarding for an unequal rollout on there is evidence that's happening.

  • Look at this graph.

  • Canada has ordered 338 million doses.

  • That's enough to vaccinate its population five times over.

  • I should say all those doses haven't arrived yet on the U.

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  • The U and Australia also have orders in place to vaccinate their populations more than twice over again, though, or those vaccines have yet to be delivered well.

  • The W H O has been vocal on this issue.

  • Some high income countries are entering contracts with vaccine manufacturers that undermine the deals that Kovacs has in place and reduce the number off those Kovacs come by.

  • Even if we have the funds, we can only deliver vaccines to poorer countries.

  • If high income countries cooperate in respecting the deals co box has done and the new deals it's doing, this is not a matter of charity.

  • It's a matter off epidemiology.

  • Well, there's been plenty of scrutiny over this program.

  • While most first doses will go from the Kovacs scheme, too low or middle income countries, some wealthier countries are also using it.

  • We're told Singapore has requested an early allocation, and here's an article on the New Zealand website Stuff reporting that the country will receive over while close to a quarter of a million jabs from Kovacs by the end of July.

  • And then this.

  • Canada is the only member of the G seven group of rich countries listed as a Kovacs beneficiary.

  • As you can imagine, that's taken some size.

  • Surprise criticism has been directed at the government, but here's one minister defending its approach.

  • Our top priority is to ensure that Canadians have access two vaccines on DSO joining Kovacs being part of that was part of it all along.

  • As I said from the summer Kovacs we joined as a self financing country.

  • Kovacs Kovacs is objective is to provide vaccines for 20% of the populations of all member states, both self financing and those who will receive donations.

  • And so you know, Canada made the decision.

  • As you know, other countries have to take on this first allocation because we recognize how important it is to ensure Canadians have access to vaccines.

  • Well, let's consider whether Canada's defense stacks up.

  • Here is BBC population correspondent Stephanie Hagerty.

  • Well, yeah, and an ideal world.

  • That is how Kovacs was supposed to work that a certain group would get the vaccines for free on another group, would pay through the scheme, and those groups together would have bargaining power that would ensure they get vaccines more cheaply.

  • But of course, we have this big production problem.

  • Now in the first quarter of this year is the entire world wants to get access to these vaccines, and that's what's creating the tension here in Canada has come under a lot of criticism.

  • But Canada is also, you could argue, requesting the vaccines that it's paid for, and it's in a tricky position because it's vaccination program has been really slow to start.

  • Canada ordered a lot of doses, but it hasn't received most of them yet on.

  • That's because maybe it didn't pay enough for it didn't pay early enough to get to the top of the queue with manufacturers.

  • So Canada's vaccination program It's vaccination roll.

  • It's been really slow, and it's under huge pressure to get its fax, its population vaccinated and Stephanie.

  • If that's a higher income country, let's talk about lower income countries.

  • Do they have to have certain infrastructure in order to receive the jabs via Kovacs?

  • Well, Kovacs hasn't given any country priority, but what it is prioritizing his countries that could get these vaccines into arms fast enough.

  • And there's been a lot of discussion around whether low income countries have the infrastructure to manage a huge vaccination campaign like this and but you have to remember a lot of them do.

  • They're already running big vaccination, early childhood vaccination program, so in a lot of cases.

  • The infrastructure is there, and the AstraZeneca vaccine delivered today, it's easy to store.

  • It requires normal refrigeration.

  • But even in the case of complicated vaccines like Pfizer Moderna that need minus 71 of the first countries in the world to roll out a vaccine, it was against Ebola that requires that kind of freezing was the Democratic Republic, Republic of Congo, a low income country.

Ghana has received the first covert 19 vaccines through Kovacs.

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