Give a Vaccine’ Campaign
You will recall that earlier this year County Tipperary Chamber, ICC Ireland and UNICEF worked together to highlight the importance of an equitable distribution of vaccines across the world and to support UNICEF’s ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign. Our collective efforts generated significant success but recent events, particularly the emergence of the Omicron variant, provide a stark reminder highlighting the need for a re-invigoration of those efforts.
There is significant social and economic risk in not maximising our efforts to provide vaccines to all those who need them globally or the hard-won gains to which we have all contributed are not guaranteed to last. This is an urgent call to action to support vaccine equity.
The scale of the issue remains enormous. Right now, only 7% of people living in low-income countries have been fully vaccinated. That leaves a population of billions which remain vulnerable to COVID-19. With more room for the virus to spread, it also creates a huge risk of new variants emerging, potentially devastating societies and economies once again.
Vaccination has been proven to help limit virus transmission, protect vulnerable groups and reduce the risk of new variants appearing. In the fight against COVID, it remains our most important and pragmatic tool to restore global health and maintain our strong economic recovery.
UNICEF is currently leading the largest-ever vaccine procurement and supply operation as part of the global COVAX Facility. Through COVAX, UNICEF and partners are working to deliver 3 billion COVID-19 vaccines to the most vulnerable families, health workers, and high-risk people worldwide. UNICEF has been coordinating vaccine delivery to communities globally since 1948 and as a result has the cold chain and other critical infrastructure in place which make it uniquely placed to deliver. As we write to you, we can confirm that, under the COVAX Facility, UNICEF has already delivered 653.8 million vaccines this year and expects to reach 800 million by the end of the year. The target next year is 3 billion vaccines.
Vaccinating the entire world can only be done with the scale UNICEF and its partners offer. However, this scale comes at a high cost. Throughout 2021 UNICEF has been working with the private sector in developed nations to mobilise resources for this huge global effort. Business and the private sector have a huge vested interest in vaccinating the world and it is in this context that UNICEF has approached County Tipperary Chamber to request our support.
What you can do to help:
If you or any companies would like to join the effort, UNICEF Ireland will be happy to connect over a call to further discuss the Alliance with you, and answer specific questions you may have.
We look forward to hearing from you.
County Tipperary Chamber