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Cote d’Ivoire says delivery of its first doses of Pfizer vaccine delayed to mid-Feb

Medical syringe is seen with Pfizer company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration photo taken in Poland on November 16, 2020. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A medical syringe is seen with the Pfizer company logo displayed on a screen in the background in this illustration. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The government of Cote d’Ivoire said it will receive the first batch of around 100,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID vaccine in mid-February.

The country will receive the doses around two weeks later than initially planned due to delays in the availability of the shots.

“The first deliveries of the Pfizer vaccine of around 100,000 doses initially scheduled for the end of January 2021, have been postponed to mid February due to delays in the availability of vaccines,” Government spokesman Sidi Tiemoko Toure said.

According to Toure, the 100,000 doses Cote d’Ivoire secured are separate from the COVAX alliance scheme.

The government has previously said frontline health workers and the vulnerable section of the population would be first to be vaccinated.

Toure said on Wednesday the country plans to roll out its inoculation programme in the first quarter and would authorize vaccines from AstraZeneca, China’s Sinopharm and Russia this week.

While richer nations have secured and launched mass vaccination campaigns, countries in Africa are still scrambling to secure supplies as most grapple with the second wave of infections.

Countries in sub-Saharan Africa, some among the world’s poorest, are relying on the World Health Organization-backed global COVAX scheme which has secured nearly 2 billion doses and aims to deliver 1.3 billion of these in 2021 to 92 eligible low- and middle-income nations.

More than 3.3 million COVID-19 cases and over 80,000 deaths have been recorded on the continent to date.

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