Ivory Coast has become the second country after Ghana to receive coronavirus jabs as part of the global vaccine-sharing programme Covax.
Half a million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine were delivered from a plant in India.
Ivorian Health Minister Eugene Aka Aouélé welcomed their arrival, saying the fight against the pandemic must be done democratically.
“This is an important step in our shared fight against the common enemy that is Covid-19,” he said.
“The pandemic has taken a heavy toll around the world and our country is no exception. More than 32,000 people living in Ivory Coast have been infected with the disease, and 188 have died. This is a tragedy.”
Priority will be given to health workers, teachers and members of the security forces, and the vaccination program is expected to start next week.
Let’s remind that on Wednesday, the first Covax consignment arrived in neighbouring Ghana.