28 February 2021

Côte d’Ivoire is one of the first African countries to vaccinate with COVAX

Côte d’Ivoire today, 28 February, became the second country in Africa to receive COVAX vaccine, that’s after Ghana. Our UN team on the ground is proud to have supported authorities in this effort.   

The country has received more than half a million COVID-19 vaccine doses, which were transported across the world by UNICEF.

The UN Resident Coordinator, Philippe Poinsot, also welcomed the efforts of all partners who have contributed to this massive global and country-effort with meticulous planning around logistics, preparedness and distribution, backed by the UN family, committed to leave no one behind.   

On Monday, 28 February, the vaccination will kick off, prioritizing health workers and other more exposed, at-risk groups. The UN team has repurposed over US $12 million to support Côte d’Ivoire to address the multiple impacts of the pandemic. 

Photo shows a warehouse staff member proudly unloading boxes of vaccines from a truck.

Caption: On Friday 26 February 2021, a shipment of COVAX COVID-19 vaccines are offloaded at a UNICEF -supported warehouse in Abidjan.

Photo: UNICEF/Miléquêm Diarassouba