2 BILLION VACCINES, 245 MILLION THERAPEUTICS AND 500 MILLION TESTS: THE LARGEST AND FASTEST VACCINATION PROGRAM IN HISTORY.
COVID-19 has significantly interrupted the health care, education, and economic security of children worldwide, and an increased number of families are now facing poverty and sickness. To protect the futures of these children, critical support is needed for the global effort to procure, supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines across the globe and end the pandemic for everyone.
Over 75 years, UNICEF has built an unprecedented global-health support system, resulting in the establishment of the world’s largest vaccine procurement, storage, shipping, cold chain, and distribution network in more than190 countries. Today, UNICEF reaches almost half of the world’s children, in more than 99 countries, with over 2billion vaccines for preventable diseases every year, in some of the most remote places on earth. For this reason UNICEF has been chosen to lead the global COVID-vaccine procurement and delivery - a worldwide initiative established to accelerate the development, production, and equitable distribution of a safe and effective vaccine, named the COVAX Facility.
COVAX is led by key public health stakeholders including the World Health Organisation (WHO), GAVI (the Vaccine Alliance) and The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI). Together, they are responsible for leading the charge to find, approve, and plan the roll out of successful vaccines on behalf of the ACT-A COVAX facility. 186 countries have signed up to COVAX. High-Income countries like Australia have committed direct funding in support of COVID vaccine work and UNICEF is seen as an important delivery partner.
With the infrastructure, experience and expertise already in place, and with your help, UNICEF will the lead COVID-19 vaccination country readiness and delivery efforts as the only organisation that can mover rapidly.
The COVAX rollout that has been designed to improve existing local healthcare systems and support efforts to boost routine immunisations towards achieving improved health care that will continue beyond the pandemic. To this end, UNICEF country offices are working with Ministries of Health, WHO and GAVI to assess country capacity and address barriers towards ensuring that countries are ready to roll out the vaccine. The aim is to procure and distribute 2 billion doses of a WHO approved COVID-19 vaccine.
Thank you for playing your part in history, supporting the critical distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable communities around the world.