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COVID-19: Ghana’s active cases now 6,922, death toll 880

The month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since the airport opened on 1 September 2020, according to GHS

At least 451 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed by the Ghana Health Service (GHS) pushing the country’s active cases to 6,922.

The death toll has hit 874 after six additional fatalities were recorded across the country, an update on the GHS COVID-19 dashboard reveals.

As at 6 August  2021, Ghana’s total confirmed cases stand at 108,677. Currently, health officials have recorded 100,875 recoveries.

According to the Ghana Health Service, the month of July recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases among international arrivals since the airport opened on 1 September 2020.

Ghana receives 177,600 doses of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

Meanwhile Ghana has received a total of 177, 600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot vaccines under the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT).

The doses are part of a total of 6.4 million vaccine doses to be shipped to African Union member states in August 2021.
Ghana is among the first 10 African countries to receive vaccines through the partnership.

The Deputy Minister of Health, Tina Gifty Mensah, and the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, were at the airport to receive the vaccines.
The vaccine deliveries are part of the historic COVID-19 vaccine advance procurement agreement signed on 28 March 2021 by AVAT for the purchase of 220 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson single-shot COVID-19 vaccine, with the potential to order an additional 180 million doses.

“The agreement and the start of deliveries mark the first time that the African Union Member States have collectively purchased vaccines to safeguard the health of the African population,” a joint press release announcing the arrival of the vaccines at the Kotoka International Airport said.

In total, the 400 million vaccines acquired by AVAT are sufficient to immunise a third of the African population.

The member states who have ordered vaccines through AVAT will continue to receive shipments for the next following months. World Bank financing has been mobilised to support both the acquisition and equitable deployment of vaccines.
Fred Dzakpata
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