COVID-19: UNICEF Working With Over 350 Partners To Deliver Vaccines & Other Equipments
United Nations: With the pharmaceutical companies worldwide preparing up for the Coronavirus vaccines, UNICEF leaves no stone to deliver the vaccines safely and efficiently worldwide.
The UNICEF is working with around 350 partners, including airlines, shipping lines, and logistics corporations worldwide, to deliver Coronavirus vaccines to approximately 92 countries.
According to the UN News report, Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division, highlighted the partnership’s significance, which will help secure the massive undertaking’s capacity. She said, “As work continues to develop COVID-19 vaccines, UNICEF is stepping up efforts with airlines, freight operators, shipping lines and other logistics associations to deliver life-saving vaccines as quickly and safely as possible.”
The UNICEF official informed that the collaboration is worthy as it will ensure that there will be enough transportation for this historic operation. To deliver the COVID-19 vaccine doses, syringes, and more personal protective equipment to protect the front line worker, they need more hands-on the decks all around the world.
UN News further reported that UNICEF, along with Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA), briefed major global airlines last week on the expected capacity requirements and discussed ways to transport close to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses next year. This is in addition to the 1 billion syringes that need to be transported by sea-freight. Even UNICEF is also evaluating existing transport capacity to recognize gaps and future requirements in the coming weeks.
UNICEF is making immense efforts to collect and deliver vaccines from manufacturers with agreements with the COVAX Facility. In collaboration with PAHO, UNICEF will coordinate the purchase and delivery for 92 low- and lower-middle-income economies as soon as possible.