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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

265,7
have already been infected by the coronavirus (as of December 7, 2021)

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.

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

Join the race to end COVID-19.


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! 

  • 5'000 CHF - SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test Kit with 547 cassettes.
  • 10'000 CHF - Training for medical staff in 158 health facilities
  • 25'000 CHF - 5 solar powered freezers to store the cold packs for safe distribution
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Vaccines for all

We cannot end a global pandemic one country at a time. 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. Event though they account for almost half of the world's population, they have only received a small fraction of the available vaccines. 

In many low-income countries, just 1.3 percent of people have received a first COVID-19 vaccine dose. Meanwhile, in middle- and high-income countries, an average of 59.4 percent of people have already been vaccinated (as of Sept. 30 2021). While vaccine hesitancy is a real problem in some parts of the world, demand for vaccination exceeds local supply in the vast majority of places. At the same time, richer countries have enough vaccine supplies to vaccinate their populations at home and donate doses to other countries.

of the world’s population

70%
vaccinated against COVID-19

billion

1
syringes delivered by the end of 2021

countries

190
supported

The more opportunities the virus has to spread anywhere in the world, the more chances it has to mutate, allowing new variants to emerge. In the worst-case scenario, new variants could prove more transmissible or deadly. The clearest pathway out of the pandemic is to ensure that every country has equal access to important tools to fight COVID-19 – tests, treatments, infection control equipment and of course, life-saving vaccines. 



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

UNICEF has been successful in combating similarly dangerous epidemics in the past, for example polio. In the first half of the 20th century, more than 350,000 people died every year from the infectious disease. Most of the victims 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, together with partners, launched a global vaccination campaign that has practically eradicated polio even to this day. The wild poliovirus today only remains endemic in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 

What does polio have in common with COVID-19? The vaccination campaign is proof of the effectiveness of modern medicine and achievements like vaccines. WHO estimates that vaccines can 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 vaccinate at least 70 percent of the world’s population against COVID-19. Processes are being established that integrate vaccination as part of preventive health care. And strategies are being developed to prevent the recurrence of 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 one of the main partners 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. Examples are therapies for malnourished infants or medical treatments of infectious diseases, as well care before and after birth. All these health care services can make the difference between life and death.  The longer the COVID-19 pandemic lasts, the more serious its impact on the well-being of children worldwide will be.     

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 and delivery of doses of COVID-19 vaccines. This includes freight, logistics and storage. Together with partners, we manage procurement and delivery in low- to middle-income economies. In addition, we support procurement for middle- to high-income economies. 

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.

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! 

  • 5'000 CHF - SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test Kit with 547 cassettes.
  • 10'000 CHF - Training for medical staff in 158 health facilities
  • 25'000 CHF - 5 solar powered freezers to store the cold packs for safe distribution
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 (articles 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.

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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! 

  • 5'000 CHF - SARS-CoV-2 PCR Test Kit with 547 cassettes.
  • 10'000 CHF - Training for medical staff in 158 health facilities
  • 25'000 CHF - 5 solar powered freezers to store the cold packs for safe distribution
How much would you like to donate?

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