COVAX: ensuring global equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines

The largest vaccine supply operation ever began in February 2021 – and UNICEF is leading it on behalf of  COVAX . Our goal is to ensure that all countries and territories participating in COVAX have equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines. As of 15 November 2022, COVAX has delivered 1.8 billion vaccines to 146 countries.  , How?, Through COVAX – led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance , WHO and CEPI – UNICEF is working with manufacturers and partners on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccine doses, as well as freight, logistics, storage and rollout in countries. In collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, we are leading the procurement and delivery for low and middle-income…, When did COVAX begin?, UNICEF has been organizing the international transport of COVID-19 vaccines for COVAX since February 2021. COVAX continues to deliver vaccines to countries and territories around the world, with the aim of protecting frontline health care and social workers, as well as high-risk and vulnerable groups. You can find out more about upcoming…, Why UNICEF?, As the largest single vaccine buyer in the world, UNICEF has a unique and longstanding expertise in procurement and logistics to help children in need.  UNICEF procures more than 2 billion doses of vaccines annually for routine immunization and outbreak response on behalf of nearly 100 countries. We are the main procurement partner of Gavi, the…, COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard, Up-to-date information on the distribution and market developments of COVID-19 vaccines. Screenshot of UNICEF's COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard Screenshot taken on 15 November 2022., Latest updates and stories, Featured video, Thank you to our high value private sector partners and public partners for the important role they played in UNICEF’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic., Meet our experts, We are working to make COVID-19 vaccines available for delivery. Meet some of the people who are behind this gigantic and complex operation., To understand the historic task of procuring and delivering COVID-19 vaccines, COVAX and partners logos

One year on: COVAX gains momentum to drive vaccine equity

No matter where you come from, most people will agree, 2021 was a difficult year. For COVAX COVAX – the global vaccine equity mechanism – the year was marked by ground-breaking moments, great expectations and tremendous progress, coupled with unforeseen challenges and setbacks. But if there is one thing we can attest to, it’s that perseverance,…, Bumps along the road , UNICEF, as the lead delivery partner for COVAX, shipped 19 million vaccines to 45 countries during the first 20 days, including difficult to reach places from the Himalayas to remote Pacific islands and conflict zones. It was a time of great hope and we could collectively see a way out of the pandemic.   But soon after this promising start,…, Extraordinary collaboration , In June 2021, dose-sharing-how-global-solidarity-can-help-curb-pandemic UNICEF launched a major public campaign calling on well-supplied donor countries to share doses with others. As a result, more donated doses began to flow to COVAX. By February 2022, UNICEF delivered 500 million doses donated by 31 countries.  It’s not just donors that made a…, Delivering at scale, With vaccine supplies now steadily flowing in, we have turned a corner. COVAX delivered 1.2 billion vaccines to 144 countries within 12 months - an unprecedented effort. In December alone, due to the increased availability of supply, UNICEF delivered an all-time high of 340 million doses, which equates to the total quantities delivered during the…, The journey continues, As we look ahead into 2022, we are facing a radically altered picture compared to last year. Due to successful vaccine development, production scale up, and regulatory approvals, access to COVID-19 vaccines is no longer considered a bottleneck. However, demand for COVID-19 vaccines will vary from country to country based on national response plans…, Explore also:, One 24 February 2021, UNICEF began the international delivery of COVID-19 vaccines. One year on, UNICEF staff reflect on this milestone moment.