COVAX: 1 billion vaccines delivered
Milestone COVID-19 vaccine shipment arrives in Kigali, Rwanda.
On 15 January 2022, a plane carrying 1.1 million COVID-19 vaccines, including the one billionth dose supplied through COVAX, touched down in Kigali, Rwanda.
COVAX has now delivered vaccines to 144 countries and territories, with 85 per cent of the doses shipped to 86 lower-income countries participating in the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC).
Along with partners, UNICEF has been leading the largest vaccine supply and delivery operation in history, helping to ensure equitable access to quality-assured vaccines for people around the world, no matter wealth or whereabouts.
In recent months, COVID-19 vaccine supply to COVAX increased dramatically, with more than 323 million vaccines delivered in December 2021 – the biggest number of doses delivered in a single month since the first international delivery to Ghana on 24 February 2021. A significant proportion of these vaccines were generous dose donations from high-income countries.
“With so many people yet to be offered a single dose, we know we have much more to do,” said UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore. “At UNICEF, we will continue our work to realize a more equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines and work toward as fast a recovery as possible for billions of children and families worldwide.”
UNICEF is not only delivering COVID-19 vaccines on behalf of COVAX, but also other vital supplies required to turn vaccines into vaccinations. This includes personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers, vaccine diluents, syringes, safety boxes, and cold chain equipment such as vaccine fridges and ultra-cold chain freezers.
COVAX partners are also working to accelerate support for low- and middle-income countries as they roll out COVID-19 response programmes to reach national vaccination targets.
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