UNICEF’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccine in Viet Nam

Ensuring equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for everyone as soon as possible. 

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 What is UNICEF’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccine in Viet Nam?
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22 March 2021

What is UNICEF’s Role in COVID-19 Vaccine in Viet Nam?

Every year, UNICEF helps reach almost half of the world’s children with life-saving vaccines. Although children will be some of the last to receive a COVID-19 vaccine, UNICEF has been called upon to leverage its experience as the largest single vaccine buyer in the world and working with manufacturers and partners on the procurement of COVID-19 vaccines, as well as freight, logistics and storage to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines as soon as possible. 

UNICEF is leading efforts to procure and deliver COVID-19 vaccines. In collaboration with partners, UNICEF coordinates the purchase and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low and middle-income countries, including Viet Nam, as quickly and securely as possible on behalf of the COVAX Facility.

As well as leading the procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccine doses, UNICEF, together with WHO and other partners, are working around the clock to support Viet Nam’s introduction and deployment of the vaccines as quickly as possible.

UNICEF is working to secure access to syringes and cold chain equipment to ensure that Viet Nam is ready to receive COVID-19 vaccines, with appropriate cold chain equipment in place and health workers trained to dispense them, recognizing that securing access to vaccines alone won’t be sufficient to protect those at highest risk of infection.

UNICEF, on behalf of the COVAX Facility, only procures and supplies COVID-19 vaccines that meet WHO’s established safety and efficacy criteria. 

Why does it matter for children?

While children have been largely spared the direct mortality impacts of the virus, their access to education, health and protection services has been severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. As vaccines become available, the pandemic will be brought under control which will, in turn, restore services for children and help build a better, safer, healthier future for us all.

UNICEF is supporting Viet Nam to buy vaccines that could reach 20% of the population. In March and April, about 4.1 million doses of vaccine will arrive Viet Nam through the COVAX Facility.

Ms Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative
UNICEF Viet Nam
March 08, 2021, Viet Nam launched the largest vaccination drive in its history at Hanoi, Hai Duong, Ho Chi Minh city. The priority group of this vaccination programme is frontline medical staff. According to Ms Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative, UNICEF is supporting Viet Nam to buy vaccines that could reach 20% of the population. In March and April, about 4.1 million doses of vaccine will arrive Viet Nam through the COVAX Facility.