Ghana has started a mass rollout of the 600,000 Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine doses it received last week. The vaccination drive is taking place in 43 districts, mostly in southern Ghana where a high number of Covid-19 cases have been recorded. Priority is being given to frontline health workers, those with underlying health conditions and those aged over 60 years old. Pregnant women and children will not be vaccinated, as authorities say they do not yet have enough data on possible side effects for these groups. The country’s parliament, which was shut after 17 MPs tested positive for the virus, resumes on Tuesday and MPs are expected to get the jabs. There is still a lot of scepticism even after President Nana Akufo-Addo received the vaccine on live television on Monday. About 20 million people are expected to be inoculated across the country before the year ends. The authorities have also approved the use of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. Ghana received the vaccine through the Covax scheme, which hopes to deliver more than two billion doses to people in 190 countries in less than a year.

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