Eight countries in three months

UNICEF delivers COVID-19 vaccines to Pacific Island countries through the COVAX Facility

UNICEF Pacific
Vaccine arrivals in Fiji
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30 June 2021
Launch of Vaccination in Fiji
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On 6 March, Fiji became the first country in the Pacific region to receive COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, a global initiative to ensure equitable access for all.

A historic step towards achieving the goal to ensure equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines in the Pacific.

On 19 March, Solomon Islands became the second country to receive 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses.

Solomon Islands receives COVAX vaccines
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Tonga receives first batch of COVAX vaccines
Ministry of Health Tonga

The first batch of 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered by UNICEF arrives in Tonga on 31 March.

7,200 vaccine doses reached Nauru on 1 April. Nauru became the first country in the Pacific region to receive full vaccines to cover 20 percent of the population under the COVAX Facility.

Nauru receives COVAX vaccines
Nauru Airlines
Tuvalu receives COVAX vaccines
Department of Health Tuvalu

On 8 April, Tuvalu received 4,800 COVID-19 vaccine doses. It also became the second country to receive full vaccines to cover 20 percent of the population under the COVAX Facility.

On 9 April, Samoa received its first batch of 24,000 vaccine doses, becoming the sixth country in the Pacific to receive COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility.

Samoa receives first batch of COVAX vaccines
Ministry of Health Samoa
Vanuatu receives 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility
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The first batch of 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in Vanuatu on 19 May.

Another historic moment, as we continue to reach more countries in the Pacific with access to COVID-19 vaccines.

Touchdown Kiribati!

The first batch of 24,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived in Kiribati on 25 May, becoming the eighth country in the Pacific to receive the COVAX vaccines.

Kiribati receives 24,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX Facility
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UNICEF is proud to be leading in the procurement and delivery of vaccines in the Pacific through the COVAX Facility, co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, CEPI and UNICEF.

And, we will continue to deliver vaccines in the Pacific to ensure everyone everywhere is safe!