April 10. As the world rallies to put an end to the pandemic, UNICEF has launched the most ambitious operation in the humanitarian agency’s history to ensure all low- and lower-income countries have access to COVID-19 vaccines.
UNICEF has partnered with a number of airlines to deliver at least 2 billion doses of the vaccines to these nations by the end of 2021.
Dr Richard Hatchett, CEO of CEPI, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, added: “It is crucial that the vaccines we have developed are shared globally, as a matter of the greatest urgency, to reduce the prevalence of disease, slow down viral mutation, and bring the pandemic to an end.”
Air France-KLM provided one of its planes to deliver 102,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Rwanda. Qatar Airways Cargo has shipped close to 20 million vaccines to 24 countries.
In addition, UNICEF sent 100,000 syringes and 1,000 safety boxes for COVID-19 vaccinations to the Maldives by air freight. UNICEF expects it will supply up to one billion syringes this year.
The COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, or COVAX, is a global initiative working with governments and manufacturers to ensure COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide to both higher-income and lower-income countries.
Source: The Points Guy