Covid-19: Join the race to end the Pandemic
About this appeal
Whether you’ve already had your vaccine, are booked in, or are eagerly awaiting your turn, you can help someone in need get theirs by supporting UNICEF Aotearoa in the biggest vaccine procurement and distribution in history.
Nobody is safe until everyone is safe - and no child is safe until everyone they rely on is safe.
We’ve got decades of experience delivering billions of vaccines to protect nearly half of the world’s children in any given year.
That’s why UNICEF’s been called on by COVAX to procure and deliver more than 2 billion COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low and lower middle-income countries while also supporting procurement for more than 97 upper middle-income and high-income nations.
We’re the only organisation that can get this done, but we need your help to do it.
The world has a lot of COVID-19 vaccines, but currently less than 1 per cent of global supply is reaching people in low-income countries*.
While some countries are well on their way to vaccinating their entire adult population, other countries are struggling to access the vaccines they need.
This is where UNICEF comes in, with your help.
Beginning on the 24th of February 2021, our campaign to deliver COVID-19 vaccines worldwide got off to a great start. But we need extra support to keep up momentum and reach people who would otherwise risk missing out.
The outbreak of COVID-19 in India severely reduced vaccine availability globally, and has shown us all why it's so important to ensure everyone has access to the vaccine.
Even with the recent availability issues, UNICEF has still delivered an amazing number of vaccines to date.
Update September 2021: So far the COVAX partnership has provided over 272 million COVID-19 vaccines for people in 141 countries and territories.
Our latest deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines, includes:+
3.1 million doses to Iran on 14th September
356,000 doses to Uzbekistan on 13th September
100,800 doses to Iraq on 13th September
81,600 doses to Togo on 11th September
647,000 doses to Uganda on 10th September
With so many vulnerable people depending on us, we need to scale up our efforts to reach our goal of delivering 2 billion doses.
It’s a practical solution to ensure that as many people as possible can access vaccines in every corner of the world as fast as possible in the months ahead.
Be part of history, by making a life changing donation now.
Appeal information updated 14th September 2021.
In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will go to our Greatest Need.
Your life-saving monthly donations will support this appeal for 6 months. After that they will go into our Global Parent fund to save and protect children worldwide.
How will you help
UNICEF has been on the Covid front line since the pandemic began. We've already assisted 153 countries with critical supplies and financial/technical support. And we’ve helped 261 million children to receive vital health, nutrition, education and water services. Now it's time to roll out the world's single largest vaccination campaign in history*.
Here's how your donation will help:
Procure vaccines on a scale never seen before, guaranteeing the best possible price
Transport and distribute vaccines by plane, ship, bike, on foot, or by whatever means necessary to where they are needed most
Ensure vaccines are safely stored and transported using proven cold chain equipment
Provide supplies of syringes, portable vaccine storage containers, diagnostic kits and therapeutics to support the campaign
Enable UNICEF to protect front line health workers, social workers, and those most at risk
Train and support health workers to vaccinate their communities
Covid-19 is a global pandemic requiring a global solution. Please help us deliver the billions of Covid-19 vaccines with a donation today.
What is a vaccine cold chain?
Vaccines are sensitive, and getting them safely from A to B is challenging. The complex process of storing, transporting and delivering vaccines, while keeping them at a stable temperature to maintain their potency, is called the vaccine cold chain.
The effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines relies on UNICEF's cold chain.
We've been distributing vaccines for decades - coordinating thousands of shipments, and more than 2 billion doses annually - all with various cold chain requirements+.
When UNICEF transports vaccines, they always travel directly by plane as refrigerated cargo to the country where they will be used. Once they arrive, they're stored in cold rooms before being distributed to cold storage facilities within the country by refrigerated vehicle. From there, health workers carry vaccines in cold boxes and vaccine carriers, traveling by car, motorcycle, bicycle, donkey, camel or on foot to reach those who need them most.
The first COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Haiti
Published on Fri Jul 23 2021
Up until this month, Haiti was the sole country in the Americas not to have received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. However, on 14th July, 500,000 doses of vaccine arrived in the Capital Port-Au-Prince through the COVAX facility.
The number of COVID-19 cases, and deaths, almost doubled in Haiti during the first 5 months of 2021. So the recent shipment of 500,000 doses brings some hope to a nation struggling with the virus.
These vaccines will kickstart Haiti's roll-out, and protect thousands of people. Yet despite this, most of the population risk remaining unvaccinated due to limited availability.
On 14 July 2021, 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the US government through COVAX landed in Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti.
"We hope this first donation of doses will be followed by others" says Jean Gough, UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean.
"More donations from well-supplied countries will be needed for Haiti and other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to reach those most vulnerable to COVID-19 infection."
Rolling out a largescale COVID-19 vaccination campaign is a daunting task anywhere in the world. But in the current Haitian context, it's going to be an uphill battle for our teams in the coming weeks and months.
"To speed up the upcoming COVID-19 vaccination campaign, UNICEF has been working around the clock to enhance transportation, increase mass communication and strengthen the cold chain across the country" says Jean Gough.
"In almost every single health center of Haiti, our teams have installed solar fridges to keep vaccines at the right temperature –over 900 in total."
Together with the Haitian authorities, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners, UNICEF is committed to make extra efforts in response to the long-awaited need for vaccines in Haiti until the most vulnerable groups of the population are protected against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccines: 5 reasons why dose donations are essential
Published on Thu Jun 10 2021
Vaccines will help us end the COVID-19 pandemic, but only if everyone has access to them.
COVID-19 doesn’t discriminate, and the dangerous surges in infection rates and the emergence of new variants in some countries places everyone at risk. The development of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines is a huge step forward in the global effort to end the pandemic and to get back to doing more of the things we enjoy with the people we love.
But there is currently a limited number of vaccines, so it’s critical to prioritise vaccinations to save lives and to protect public health services in all countries. The COVAX Facility – the global COVID vaccine equity scheme – represents a pathway toward addressing the imbalance in vaccine access between high and low-income countries. But COVAX is undersupplied.
G7 leaders will be meeting in June 2021 with a potential emergency stop-gap measure readily available: dose donations. G7 countries and other well-supplied nations immediately donating additional available doses to COVAX is a minimum, essential and emergency stop-gap measure, and it is needed right now.
5 things to know about why dose donations are essential:
More than 1.4 billion doses of the COVID-19 vaccine had been administered by late May 2021, yet less than 1 per cent of global supply is reaching low-income countries. While we need even more vaccines to meet demand, there are enough doses available among well-supplied countries to reach the world’s most vulnerable people right now.
The longer the virus continues to spread unchecked, the higher the risk of more deadly or contagious variants emerging – placing everyone at risk. While well-supplied countries are vaccinating their entire adult populations against COVID-19, others with very poor vaccination coverage are witnessing dangerous surges in infection rates and the emergence of new variants. The recent deadly spike in India could be a precursor to what will happen across the region, and globally, if this inequity prevails.
Millions of children in poorer countries are at the risk of developing preventable diseases due to the pandemic disrupting routine immunization services. Donating doses now could help resume life-saving services in these countries.
The donation of COVID-19 vaccines from well supplied countries is one of the only ways to increase the number of doses available to COVAX right now. It’s a practical solution to ensure that as many people as possible can access vaccines in every corner of the world as fast as possible in the months ahead.
Well-supplied countries can donate while still meeting commitments to their own populations. According to an analysis by Airfinity, G7 nations and ‘Team Europe’ group of European Union Member States together will soon have enough vaccine doses to be able to collectively donate more than 150 million to some of the most vulnerable populations in the world if they donated just 20 per cent of their available supply over June, July and August.
Covax vaccines arrive in Kiribati
Published on Fri May 28 2021
The small nation of Kiribati sits in the central Pacific ocean. 32 atolls and one coral island stretch across both sides of the equator.
This week, locals were able to celebrate a special international arrival. On May 25, a plane touched down with a very special delivery. Six airport crew wearing full PPE, carefully unloaded the plane and a box holding 24,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Kiribati is the eighth Pacific nation to receive their first batch of vaccines through the COVAX Facility.
UNICEF Pacific’s Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Specialist, Waqairapoa Tikoisuva, watched the plane land and commented on the significance of this moment.
“Today is an exciting and historic moment for Kiribati,” he said.
“24,000 vaccines have just landed and are now on their way to the Ministry of Health cold room.”
The following day, Dr Tabutoa Eric looped his stethoscope around his neck and wearing a black and white checked face mask, raised his fingers to form a V for the camera. Eric was the first person in Kiribati to get vaccinated and is proud to set an example for the community.
“This vaccine is so important as it will protect our communities and prevent further impact of this deadly virus. As health care workers, we are being vaccinated to protect our families and those who are most at risk,” says Eric.
Kiribati now joins Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Nauru, Tuvalu Samoa and Vanuatu, in the Pacific islands, to receive COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped via the COVAX partnership.
This is an historic step towards achieving the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines globally, in what will be part of the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.
Join us today, make a donation to help vaccinate the Pacific and beyond.
Big problems need big solutions
Published on Wed Feb 17 2021
COVID-19 is the first truly global crisis we have seen in our lifetimes. No matter where we live, the pandemic affects us and all our tamariki.
Big problems need big solutions on an even bigger scale.
UNICEF will leverage our unique experience as the largest single vaccine buyer in the world by collaborating with the PAHO Revolving Fund and the COVID-19 Vaccine Global Access Facility (COVAX Facility) in what could be the world's largest and fastest procurement and supply of vaccines.
We're leading the procurement and delivery for more than four-fifths of the world’s population. UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month in 2021 - more than double the average weight of vaccines UNICEF transports every month.
As we begin to imagine a day when COVID-19 is behind us, our guiding principle must be that the light at the end of the tunnel needs to shine for all. To do so, we need your help.
We reached more than 760 million children with life-saving vaccines over the last 20 years, and helped prevent more than 13 million deaths. Our greatest challenge is just beginning.
It's estimated that a child dies every 10 minutes from a preventable disease. UNICEF believes all tamariki have the right to a healthy life.
As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, we have unparalleled and longstanding expertise in procurement and logistics to help children in need. In 2019 alone, UNICEF reached almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines.
Working with partners in governments, NGOs, the private sector and other United Nations agencies, UNICEF provides immunization in over 100 countries to the children who need it the most.
- Vaccinating children in every community: Wherever children are not immunised, their lives and communities are at risk. UNICEF tailors new approaches to vaccinate every child in every community - no matter how remote or challenging.
- The Cold Chain: UNICEF and partners harness solar power, mobile technology and telemetrics - ensuring vaccines reach all children without losing their effectiveness from exposure to extreme heat or cold weather conditions.
- Vaccine supply: With UNICEF efforts, the price of many essential childhood vaccines has reached all-time lows - this has facilitated the introduction of new vaccines to children living in the poorest countries.
- Innovation: Working with private and public partners, UNICEF steers investment towards new vaccines and cutting edge diagnostic and health technologies.
- Disease eradication and elimination programmes: Thanks to steady progress on expanding vaccination, the world has never been in a better position to eradicate polio - with immunisation against measles, rubella and tetanus bringing the world much closer to eliminating these devastating diseases.
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