NEW DELHI: The UNICEF, or the United Nations Kids’s Fund, is working with producers and companions on logistics and procurement of covid-19 vaccine doses on behalf Covid-19 Vaccine World Entry Facility (COVAX Facility) led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
With a number of vaccine candidates displaying promise, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Pan American Well being Group (PAHO) Revolving Fund, will lead efforts to acquire and provide doses of covid-19 vaccines for 92 low- and decrease middle-income international locations whose vaccine purchases can be supported by the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Dedication in addition to a buffer stockpile for humanitarian emergencies.
UNICEF will even function a coordinator to assist procurement by 80 higher-income economies, which have expressed their intent to take part within the COVAX Facility and would fund the vaccines from their public finance budgets.
These efforts can be in collaboration with WHO, Gavi, CEPI, PAHO, the World Financial institution, the Invoice and Melinda Gates Basis, and different companions. The COVAX Facility is open to all international locations.
“That is an all-hands on deck partnership between governments, producers and multilateral companions to proceed the high-stakes battle towards the covid-19 pandemic,” mentioned Henrietta Fore, UNICEF govt director.
UNICEF is the most important vaccine purchaser on this planet, procuring greater than 2 billion doses yearly for routine immunisation and outbreak response on behalf of practically 100 international locations. It’s the most important procurement companion of Gavi.
The Fund will use its market shaping and procurement experience to coordinate the procurement and provide of covid-19 vaccines for the COVAX Facility. This might probably double the company’s vaccine procurement quantity in 2021.
A key subsequent step can be making certain self-financing economies join the COVAX Facility by 18 September, which is able to permit it to assist early, at-risk investments in growing manufacturing capability on a broad scale by means of advance buy agreements.
At the moment underneath improvement by World Well being Group (WHO), the COVAX allocation framework will information how and the place UNICEF, PAHO and different procurers engaged on behalf of collaborating international locations provide covid-19 vaccines which are secured by the Facility.
Preliminary dose allocations are anticipated to be scaled to allow international locations to vaccinate well being and social staff, adopted by subsequent tranches of vaccine doses that may allow collaborating international locations to vaccinate populations at greater threat of the illness.