UNICEF has launched a new interactive tool for tracking the rapidly evolving COVID-19 vaccine market — an online, dynamic dashboard presenting all the latest data about vaccines in the pipeline, manufacturers' production capacities, supply agreements between companies and countries and much, much more.
Offering a dizzying array of charts, graphs and tables, the COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard covers detailed information that is already publicly available, drawing from numerous sources that UNICEF deems reliable. The dashboard is not intended to guide country decision-making, or imply endorsement of a particular product.
In its next iteration, the dashboard will track progress towards the goal of securing 2 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses by the end of 2021, as established by the COVAX Facility, and to communicate the status of procurement and deliveries by UNICEF and other national and institutional buyers. UNICEF is leading global procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to 92 low- and middle-income countries — while also supporting procurement in 97 high-income ones — on behalf of the Facility, which was formed to ensure timely, equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for all countries.
Vaccine development is just a first step in a long road — albeit fast-tracked in this case — to widespread use. New vaccines must be tested, approved, licensed, produced at scale and distributed before they can be administered to people. Distribution of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine is underway in some countries, including the U.S. and the U.K.
Gearing up for the global COVID-19 vaccine launch
The World Health Organization will determine which vaccines are delivered by UNICEF under the COVAX plan. The Facility announced on Dec. 18 that it had agreements in place to secure enough doses to meet its goal for 2021, which is to have 20 percent of the world's population immunized by year end.
In the meantime, UNICEF is taking an all-hands-on-deck approach to prepare for roll out, mapping out the logistics of transporting up to 850 tons of COVID-19 vaccines per month; installing over 70,000 cold chain fridges; stockpiling syringes; and reinforcing public trust and confidence in vaccines through communication and advocacy campaigns, among other measures.
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Top image: A screen shot from the UNICEF COVID-19 Vaccine Market Dashboard, which includes a map illustrating the number of vaccine developers by country. Graphic © Microsoft Corporation