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COVID-19 and the COVAX vaccination program

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BILLION CHILDREN

1,6
were affected by school closures in 2020 due to the coronavirus

BILLION PEOPLE

3
have no access to washing facilities

MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE

229,9
have already been infected by the coronavirus (as of September 23, 2021)

Virtual event on the global vaccination programme COVAX/ACT-A

We would like to invite you to our virtual event on the global vaccination programme COVAX/ACT-A. At the virtual event, you will hear from our UNICEF experts about the progress and challenges so far. The event will take place on 28 October at 9am and 5pm in English. You will receive all the information from us by email and we look forward to your registration. No one is safe until everyone is safe!

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Impfprogramm COVAX Nepal
5 March 2021: Doses of COVID-19 vaccine are taken to a remote hospital in Nepal on foot. Their delivery in cool boxes forms part of the COVAX vaccination program.

News - latest updates

COVID-19 is a global problem and the COVAX vaccination program is a global solution.

Find out here how UNICEF, together with partners and with the generous support of donors, ensures around the clock that no country is left out.


Videos on the subject

UNICEF delivers vaccines to Afghanistan

07.06.2021

UNICEF employees work tirelessly in Afghanistan. They travel through mountainous territory to deliver doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the farthest-flung areas. In the province of Daikundi, they use motorbikes to deliver protection to teachers like Gul Chaman Sadat Mousavi. Afghanistan received its first COVAX delivery of 468,000 doses of vaccine on 8 March 2021.

Vaccines for all

12.05.2021

With the COVAX vaccination program, UNICEF gives strong support to the equitable distribution of vaccines. This support is essential for countries in the low to middle income bracket. They account for almost half of the world's population, but have received only a small fraction of the available vaccines. High-income countries also do damage to themselves with this inequitable distribution. Because as long as the virus is still in circulation, people will get sick and die, and more dangerous mutations may appear.

David Beckham has a vaccine message

27.04.2021

Vaccinate yourself. Vaccinate your children. Help UNICEF vaccinate the world. It's how we can end the pandemic together. 

Routine vaccinations

19.04.2021

UNICEF is doing everything in its power so that 80 million children get the vaccinations they failed to receive due to the consequences of COVID-19, such as lockdown. Help UNICEF to prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming a health crisis for children.


Your donation to the COVAX vaccination program

Help children and families affected by COVID-19 and its consequences now.

COVAX: equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide

Your donation will make a difference! 

  • A contribution to vital oxygen equipment for CHF 90
  • Protective equipment for 3 health care workers for CHF 114
  • 10 boxes to transport vaccines to remote regions for CHF 200
How much would you like to donate?


COVAX vaccination program: safe access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country   

Our life can be totally transformed from one minute to the next. The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us that. With COVAX, one of the world's largest vaccination programs is being launched, which will bring a little bit more security and routine back into our everyday life. UNICEF is an important strategic partner in the procurement and distribution of the vaccines.

doses of vaccine

2 billion
by the end of 2021

syringes

1 billion
by the end of 2021

countries

190
supported

UNICEF has been successful in combating similarly dangerous epidemics in the past: polio. In the first half of the 20th century, more than 350,000 people were dying every year. Most were children under the age of five. In the early 1950s, polio was spreading at such a rate that schools, parks and swimming pools were closed. In 1955, UNICEF launched a global vaccination campaign that has practically eradicated polio even to this day. Wild polio now exists in only two countries, Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

What does polio have in common with COVID-19? The campaign is proof of the effectiveness of modern medicine and achievements like vaccines. WHO estimates that vaccines save two to three million human lives every year. Today, UNICEF is faced with the mammoth task of making COVID-19 immunization possible for all, without jeopardizing the measures of existing immunization programs for children. 

The goal is to procure two billion COVID-19 vaccines for 100 countries by the end of 2021 alone. Processes are being established to integrate the vaccines as a part of health care. And strategies are being developed to prevent new outbreaks.

Impfprogramm COVAX Nepal
21 April 2021: A health care worker delivers doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal as part of the COVAX vaccination program.

Why UNICEF?

UNICEF is the main partner of GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization), the vaccine alliance. In the last 20 years, it has reached more than 760 million children with life-saving vaccines, preventing 13 million deaths.

By immunizing health care workers worldwide, we ensure that children and their mothers receive the help that they urgently need. For example, with vaccinations in cases of malnutrition and other fatal diseases such as malaria or diarrhea, but also with birth support and care before and after the birth. All these health care services can make the difference between life and death. It is unthinkable for COVID-19 to undo the past years' achievements in health care for children.

Impfung Kind
A child in Beijing, China, receives a routine vaccination after a long period of interruption because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

How?

As part of COVAX, UNICEF is responsible for the procurement of doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This includes freight, logistics and storage. Together with partners, we manage procurement and delivery in 92 low- to middle-income economies. In addition, we support procurement for more than 97 middle- to high-income economies. We therefore reach 80% of the world's population in total.

Impfprogramm COVAX Nepal
21 April 2021: A health care worker delivers doses of COVID-19 vaccine in Nepal as part of the COVAX vaccination program.
Impfprogramm COVAX Bangladesch
25 January 2021: A COVAX delivery being carried by bicycle in Bangladesh.
Impfprogramm COVAX Nepal
5 March 2021: Doses of COVID-19 vaccine are carried on foot over a steep track to a remote hospital in Nepal. Their delivery in cool boxes forms part of the COVAX vaccination program.
Impfprogramm COVAX Uganda
22 March 2021: A nurse in Uganda looks for a boat to take doses of COVID-19 vaccine to an island 30 minutes away.
Impfprogramm COVAX Uganda
28 April 2021: A delivery of doses of COVID-19 vaccine from the COVAX vaccination program is transported by boat to a remote island in Uganda.
Impfprogramm COVAX Nepal
5. März 2021: Covid-19-Impfdosen werden zu Fuss in eine entlegene Klinik in Nepal gebracht. Die Auslieferung in Kühlboxen findet im Rahmen des Impfprogramms COVAX statt.

When?

When WHO approves a safe and effective vaccine, UNICEF starts to deliver it to these countries. The first two billion doses of vaccine are primarily intended for the protection of employees in health care and social services and for people with high health risks.

Find out more about the COVAX vaccination program in our blog (in German):

Your donation to the COVAX vaccination program

Help children and families affected by COVID-19 and its consequences now.

COVAX: equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide

Your donation will make a difference! 

  • A contribution to vital oxygen equipment for CHF 90
  • Protective equipment for 3 health care workers for CHF 114
  • 10 boxes to transport vaccines to remote regions for CHF 200
How much would you like to donate?


All about COVID-19

There is a huge amount of information available about COVID-19. It is difficult to keep an overview and filter out the right information. Because false information can be dangerous, UNICEF Switzerland and Liechtenstein has put the key facts about the virus and further links to reliable websites together for you here.

This is the link to the blog post "What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccines - answers to the most frequently asked questions" (in German):

Most parents are having to juggle different roles in the current crisis. The family is under serious pressure because the various demands of parenting, leisure activities, home schooling and employment converge in a very small space. So that these can be handled without ruining your mental health, we have put some information together for you (article in German).

You will find more useful tips here:

Handling the coronavirus places a great strain on municipalities and towns, as the smallest political unit. They have a decisive influence on the life of children, which is now severely restricted. This information sheet (in German) shows municipalities possible areas for action, topics and other organizations and links.

The burden on working parents has increased considerably because of the crisis. Accordingly, companies are also facing the challenge to create family-friendly working conditions and make this balancing act possible. This information sheet for companies puts together seven measures highlighting suggestions and solutions for a family-friendly corporate culture.

Impfprogramm COVAX Bolivien
13 October 2020: Two doctors in Bolivia, in protective clothing, are fighting their way through rough terrain in Bolivia. They are visiting remote villages to give routine vaccinations. UNICEF supports the volunteers with protective equipment and medical articles.

Find out more about the help UNICEF is providing in the war against the coronavirus (in German):



COVAX - together we are strong: with you, with partners

Thanks to the generous support of partners and people like you, UNICEF's aid reaches millions of children and their families. The COVID-19 pandemic primarily affects the poorest and most vulnerable in our society. They urgently need vaccines, health care and therapeutic help. Thank you.

Other supporters:


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Help children and families affected by COVID-19 and its consequences now.

COVAX: equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines worldwide

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