Our work overseas

No distance too far, no location too remote, no one out of reach

Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 will be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. UNICEF and partners, with the generous support of donors, are working around the clock to ensure that no country is left behind.

With every month that passes we move closer to our goal of delivering 2 billion vaccines to the world on behalf of the COVAX facility. Take a look at just a handful of countries we’ve managed to reach in the month of August 2021 alone!

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UN0461264/VAS/2021

Belgrade receiving its second shipment of 120K doses in May 2021.

On the 26th of August 2021, Serbia received 115K COVID-19 vaccines procured through the COVAX Facility. This third shipment brought their total number of doses to 290K. The Government of the Republic of Serbia is financing the procurement of vaccines, while UNICEF, ensure their procurement, transport and delivery. 

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UN0424372/ORINA/2021

Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi received Kenya’s first batch of COVID-19 vaccinations back in March 2021.

Kenya received a further 880K doses, on the 24th of August 2021, donated by the United States and another 400K from the United Kingdom a week earlier. Kenya’s cold chain capacity for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout was greatly improved through a grant to UNICEF from the Government of Japan. UNICEF and partners are constantly working with governments to ensure that countries are ready to receive the vaccines, with appropriate cold chain equipment in place and health workers trained to dispense them. 

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UN0498835/NGAKHUSI/2021

A Pipalchauri Health Post worker, delivering COVID-19 vaccines on foot in the Darchula District - Nepal's remote far-west.

On the 24th of August 2021, Nepal received its final shipment of COVID-19 vaccines pledged by the Government of Japan – bringing the total number of donated doses to 1.6 million. These are being distributed at vaccination centres around the country for priority groups. Nepal’s UNICEF supported cold chain has been used to distribute life-saving vaccines to children and their families for decades. Now they’re being used to safely transport COVID-19 vaccines on their long journey to communities across the country. 

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UN0496425/POUGET/2021

1st of August 2021 - 300K COVID-19 vaccines are offloaded from refrigerated trucks at Nouakchott International Airport.

Mauritania received a further 165K doses through the COVAX program on the 23rd of August 2021. These donations from France and the USA are an essential part of ensuring fair access to vaccines. 

 "In this period of resurgence of the coronavirus in Nouakchott and in the sub-region, it is particularly important that international solidarity continues to be expressed through the donation of vaccines, as is the case today with this donation from the American people through the COVAX system. These vaccines will make it possible to advance immunization in a decisive way in Mauritania" - Marc Lucet, UNICEF Representative in Mauritania. 

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UN0424220/CÉSAR/2021

2nd of March 2021, health professionals line up to administer Angola's first shipment of 600K COVID-19 vaccines.

A further 128K doses were donated by the United Kingdom through COVAX on the 23rd of August 2021. Around 30,000 doses of vaccine are currently being administered daily in Angola, with the expectation of reaching the target of at least 20% of the population by the end of the year.

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UN0498693/NAKIBUUKA/2021

A cold chain room at Uganda’s National Medical Stores headquarters.

On top of the 300K COVID-19 vaccines donated from both the Government of Norway and the Republic of China in July, Uganda received an additional 300K donation of doses on the 20th of August 2021 from the United Kingdom. This latest shipment to Uganda was extremely well timed as the demand for vaccination is currently exceeding the available supply of vaccines.   

Vaccines will help us end this pandemic, but only if there’s fair access to all countries. The donation of vaccines are reducing the inequities that would most acutely affect women and children. 

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UN0497547/CAYCO/2021

COVID-19 vaccines are inspected and sanitised by airport personnel at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Manila.

A shipment of 3 million doses were donated to the Philippines by the US Government through the COVAX Facility. This arrival on the 3rd of August 2021 brought the total number of COVAX donations sent to the Philippines to 13.2 million. The Philippine Government has ramped up its vaccination campaign, reaching more than 500,000 inoculations daily. 

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UN0493400/HUNG/2021

UNICEF Staff unloading a shipment of 1.5 million vaccines - Hanoi - July 2021.

On the 2nd of August 2021, Vietnam received a further 1.2 million COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility. This brought their total number of delivered doses to 8.6 million. These additional vaccines will help the Ministry of Health to expand coverage and reach more people from priority groups, contributing to attaining the country’s target of vaccinating more than 70% of the population by the end of the first quarter of 2022. 

Donated vaccines are provided through the COVAX dose-sharing mechanism, which allows well-supplied countries to share vaccine doses with other countries to help protect the most at-risk populations globally.  

While some vaccinations come from government donations, there is still an urgent need to fundraise for others. Help us fill the global demand for COVID-19 vaccines today. Get a shot, give a shot!

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