UNICEF (United Nations Children’s Fund) has promised to undertake the responsibility of procuring and supplying an effective vaccine. The vaccines will be provided to about 92 low and middle-income countries of the world. This procedure will come under the world under the Covax Global Vaccines Facility.
The vision for this mission is that for the development of less developed nations getting deprived of the vaccine due to the hoarding of all initial doses of the vaccine by rich countries. The effort to procure and supply vaccine will be led jointly by UNICEF. However this is in collaboration with the Revolving Fund of the Pan American Health Orga.
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UNICEF executive director Henrietta quoted saying “With this programme will see collaboration among governments, drug manufacturers. And also along with a host of multilateral partners to give a concerted fight to the Coronavirus pandemic. The UNICEF will leverage its unique strengths in vaccine supply to ensure that all parts of the world have safe, fast, and equitable access to the Covid-19 vaccine.”
She further added “The UN organisation, which annually procures and supplies about 2 billion vaccines for different diseases around the world, will also be supported by a host of international and multilateral organizations.
Which will include the World Health Organization (WHO), Gavi the Vaccine Alliance, World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. And the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), among others.
About 28 drug manufacturers who have been contacted by UNICEF have also shared their annual production plans for Covid-19 vaccine. UNICEF will also coordinate the procurement of the Coronavirus vaccine by about 80 higher income countries. Who have evinced interest to participate in the Covax facility by financing vaccines for low-income countries by their own budgets.”