Covid-19 Vaccines: Deliver History

Help us deliver 2 billion vaccines to health workers and the most vulnerable people worldwide by donating now.


About this appeal

We need your help urgently with UNICEF's most ambitious vaccination campaign ever. Join us now, and help protect vulnerable people against Covid-19.

You can help us deliver 2 billion vaccines to people most at risk. Those frontline health and social workers, and other vulnerable people across 92 countries, who would otherwise risk missing out. Never before has a vaccination campaign of this scale and complexity been undertaken - we've got the expertise, the infrastructure and the buying power on our side, now we just need you.

With Covid-19, there is no safe - until everyone is. Be part of history, by making a donation today.

Beginning on the 24th of February 2021, our campaign to deliver Covid-19 vaccines has gotten off to a great start - we need extra support to reach people who would otherwise risk missing out.

Progress report:

Update April 2021: So far the Covax partnership has provided over 39 million Covid-19 vaccines for people in 114 countries.

The most recent deliveries were to:

  • Syria, 256,800 doses - 22nd April

  • Samoa, 24,000 doses - 14th April

  • Fiji, 24,000 doses - 19th April

  • Tonga, 24,000 doses - 31st March

  • Tuvalu, 4,800 doses - 8th April

  • Solomon Islands, 24,000 doses - 19th March

  • Libya, 57,600 doses - 8th April

  • Costa Rica, 43,200 doses - 7th April

  • Namibia, 24,000 doses - 16th April

But with so many vulnerable people depending on us, we need to scale up our efforts.

We're aiming to deliver 247 million doses of vaccine to 142 countries by the end of May. And 2 billion doses by the end of 2021.


Be part of history, by making a life changing donation now.


How will you help

UNICEF has been on the Covid front line since the pandemic began. We've already reached almost 3 billion people with Covid-19 prevention messaging, trained millions of healthcare workers in virus management, and 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 managing 2.5 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.

Update (1)

Appeal updates

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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