UNICEF and partners are leading the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history.
COVID-19 has upended the lives of children and families across the globe. Since the start of the pandemic, UNICEF has worked relentlessly to reduce the spread of the virus and minimize its negative impacts on children.
Every year, UNICEF helps immunize more than 45% of the world’s children—in some of the most remote places on Earth. UNICEF is the only organization with the infrastructure, experience and expertise to lead this effort. UNICEF is leveraging its unique experience as the world’s largest vaccine buyer to procure and deliver COVID-19 vaccine doses to the world’s poorest countries, as well use its incredible strength in community engagement and social mobilization to build demand for vaccines.
In 2021, UNICEF’s job is to ensure equitable delivery of 1.4 billion vaccine doses, as well as diagnostics and therapeutics, to more than 180 countries around the world. But that can’t happen without access to vaccines: vaccine nationalism and shortfalls in production have put these plans in jeopardy.