The delivery of AstraZeneca\/ Oxford jabs, following the first historic shipment to\u00a0Ghana\u00a0earlier this week, showcases an unprecedented international partnership to provide at least two billion doses of coronavirus shots by the end of this year.\u00a0 2. The vaccine doses were shipped by UNICEF from the Indian metropolis of\u00a0Mumbai, via its regional supply centre,\u00a0Dubai, to C\u00f4te d'Ivoire's capital,\u00a0Abidjan, as part of the first wave of vaccines headed to several low and middle-income countries.\u00a0 3. Meanwhile, UNICEF and its partners are working together to help more countries prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout.\u00a0 Equitable shots "Today is an important first step towards achieving our shared vision of vaccine equity, but it is only the beginning\u201d, said\u00a0Jean-Marie Vianney Yameogo, the WHO Representative in C\u00f4te d'Ivoire, adding that \u201cwe are proud that C\u00f4te d'Ivoire is among the first countries in\u00a0Africa to receive the AstraZeneca\/Oxford vaccine through the COVAX Facility.\u201d\u00a0 As the COVID-19 global pandemic has claimed hundreds of thousands of lives and disrupted billions more, Mr. Yameogo stressed the importance of reducing deaths and bringing the pandemic under control. The vaccine will also help prevent estimated monthly losses of around $375 billion to the global economy. \u201cGlobal and equitable access to a vaccine, which will protect health workers and those at greatest risk of contracting the disease in particular, is the only way to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on public health and the economy,\u201d underscored Mr. Yameogo. Moving forward Meanwhile, UNICEF and its partners are working together to help more countries prepare for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout. \u201cVaccines save lives. As health workers and other front-line staff are vaccinated, we will see a gradual return to normality\u2026 especially for children\u201d, said Marc Vincent, the UNICEF Representative in C\u00f4te d'Ivoire. \u201cIn the spirit of universal health coverage, we must leave no one behind\u201d, he stressed.