UNICEF Discusses With Over 350 Partners To Deliver COVID-19 Vaccines

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United Nations: The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is working with more than 350 partners, including major airlines, shipping lines and logistics associations from around the world, to deliver Covid-19 vaccines to over 92 countries, as soon as doses become available, the agency said on Monday.

Etleva Kadilli, director of UNICEF Supply Division, highlighted the importance of the partnership to ensure capacity for the massive undertaking, the Xinhua news agency reported.

“As work continues to develop Covid-19 vaccines, UNICEF is stepping up efforts with airlines, freight operators, shipping lines and other logistics associations to deliver life-saving vaccines as quickly and safely as possible,” Kadilli said.

“This invaluable collaboration will go a long way to ensure that enough transport capacity is in place for this historic and mammoth operation. We need all hands on deck as we get ready to deliver Covid-19 vaccine doses, syringes and more personal protective equipment to protect front line workers around the globe,” the UNICEF official was quoted as saying.

To begin preparation, UNICEF assisted by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) last week briefed major global airlines and discussed options of transporting nearly 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccine in 2021.

“The procurement, delivery and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines is anticipated to be the largest and fastest such operation ever undertaken,” the agency said.

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