The Campaign to End the Pandemic

This is the most important moment in UNICEF’s 75-year history.

UNICEF has been entrusted with the Largest and Fastest Vaccination Program Ever.

And UNICEF Won’t Stop Until the Fight Against COVID-19 Is Won.

Here’s What It’ll Take to Make It Happen

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2 Billion Doses in 2021

Delivered in over 180 Countries180+ Countries

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Vaccines will first go to health workers and at-risk adult populations

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Why UNICEF?

The global agreement known as the COVAX Facility is led by CEPI, GAVI, UNICEF and WHO. UNICEF, in collaboration with the PAHO Revolving Fund, has been entrusted to lead vaccine delivery in more than 180 countries, representing 80% of the world’s population.

  • UNICEF has spent 75 years building an unprecedented global-health support system
  • UNICEF runs the largest humanitarian supply warehouse in the world
  • UNICEF currently immunizes 45% of the world’s children every year
  • UNICEF is the only organization with the infrastructure, experience and expertise already in place to make it happen as fast as possible.

What It Takes to Deliver Vaccines

Step 1

Purchasing

UNICEF is using its power as the world's largest vaccine purchaser to negotiate prices on other countries' behalf and to keep vaccines affordable.

Step 2

Preparing Countries for Arrival

UNICEF, using tools like IMPACT INVESTING, is pre-positioning supplies like PPE and waste management and preparing the cold chain for the vaccines' arrival.

Step 3

Transport Worldwide

A well-planned international air freight operation coordinated by UNICEF on behalf of participating countries and supported by manufacturers is underway to transport large quantities of vaccines.

Step 4

Pre-Building Confidence

UNICEF is working to build vaccine confidence through social-listening and communication campaigns in each country's language and cultural context.

Step 5

In-country delivery

From drones to donkeys, UNICEF is doing whatever it takes to deliver the vaccines, with special attention to humanitarian settings and war zones.

Step 6

Into the arm

UNICEF is training health care workers to administer the vaccines as safely and efficiently as possible.

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Vaccines are only part of the job.

It will also take diagnostics, treatment and an effort to re-strengthen overburdened health systems. That's why UNICEF is also delivering 500 million COVID tests and 245 million COVID treatments so countries can easily detect and treat the virus—and slow its spread while waiting for the full vaccine rollout.

UNICEF and partners are helping provide equitable access to:

  • 900 million testing kits
  • 165 million treatments
  • Programs to build vaccine confidence

Help UNICEF deliver

COVID-19's Toll on Children

It’s been said that COVID-19 doesn’t hit children as hard as adults. But children’s lives have been upended, and they may feel the effects of the pandemic for decades. We need to prevent a lost generation.

Children Unvaccinated

A child receives a vaccine by a practitioner in PPE

Routine vaccinations against diseases like measles and polio save an estimated 2-3 million lives every year. But due to national lockdowns, COVID-19 has interrupted many of these vaccination campaigns—and now, approximately 80 million children additional under the age of one are at risk of contracting preventable diseases. Learn More...

Students Out of School

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At the peak of the pandemic, 1.6 billion children were out of school, missing out on months of socialization and learning that are key to their development. Learn More...

Malnutrition Rising

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COVID-19 has disrupted food systems, upended nutrition services, and threatened food security for vulnerable children and their families. An additional 6.7 million children will likely suffer from wasting. Learn More...

Mental Health Issues

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The pandemic has elevated levels of anxiety, stress, loneliness for families across the world. Even worse, it’s increased instances of abuse, gender-based violence and neglect—and put interventions and support on pause. Learn More...

Safe Water Needed

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An estimated 3 billion people lack soap and water at home, 800 million+ children lack soap and water at school, and one-third of health care facilities are not equipped to practice hand hygiene at points of care. This is a pressing issue in daily life—and a catastrophe in a pandemic. Learn More...

Join the Campaign to End the Pandemic

  1. Donate to UNICEF's COVID-19 Response

    Help support equitable vaccine distribution, testing, and treatments, and restart programs for children around the world.

    Donate Now

    To inquire about a major gift, please call Werner Orellana at 917-720-1321.

  2. Advocate

    Ask the U.S. government help end the pandemic around the world.

    Advocate Today

  3. Attend a virtual event

    Hear from UNICEF experts and guests on UNICEF’s global efforts to end the pandemic.

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