COVID-19: Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost a full year, says UNICEF

UNICEF unveils ‘Pandemic Classroom’ at United Nations Headquarters in New York to call attention to the need for governments to prioritise the reopening of schools NEW YORK, 3 March 2021 – Schools for more than 168 million children globally have been completely closed for almost an entire year due to COVID-19 lockdowns, according to new data released today … Continued

First COVID-19 COVAX vaccine doses administered in Africa – JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Today, the governments of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana began COVID-19 vaccination campaigns aimed at protecting healthcare workers This week’s first vaccinations happen as a further 11 million COVAX doses are expected to be delivered over the next seven days Publication of the allocation of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine to 142 of COVAX’s participating economies, to be … Continued

Côte d’Ivoire becomes second African country and first French-speaking country to receive vaccine doses via COVAX Facility – WHO/UNICEF/GAVI/CEPI JOINT PRESS RELEASE

  ABIDJAN, Côte d’Ivoire, 26 February 2021 – The COVAX initiative shipped 504,000 doses of the AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine, licensed by the Serum Institute of India, to India, and 505,000 syringes to Abidjan, on 26 February 2021. This marks the second batch that has been shipped and delivered to Africa by the COVAX Facility in an unprecedented … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped by the COVAX Facility head to Ghana, marking beginning of global rollout – COVAX

COVAX announces 600,000 AstraZeneca/Oxford vaccine doses licensed to Serum Institute of India arrive to Ghana; further deliveries to Cote d’Ivoire this week Final first round of allocations for doses of AstraZeneca/Oxford and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, to most countries participating in COVAX, published in coming days Beginning of global rollout means that, as readiness criteria are met and … Continued

Ghana in historic first as shipment of COVAX vaccines arrive – UNICEF & WHO STATEMENT

Statement by UNICEF Representative in Ghana, Anne-Claire Dufay and WHO Representative to Ghana, Dr Francis Kasolo on the arrival of first COVID-19 vaccines in Accra Photo: COVID-19 vaccines arrive by air freight to Ghana, Feb 24 2021  © UNICEF Ghana   ACCRA, 24 February 2021 – “After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, … Continued

Statement by UNICEF Ireland on school closures

The following can be attributed to UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power DUBLIN 5 January 2021 – “The expected closure of schools for the month of January, while understandable, will impact children negatively and it must be a short-term measure. UNICEF Ireland wants schools to reopen as soon as possible, in order to mitigate the … Continued

UNICEF outlining plans to transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month on behalf of COVAX, in ‘mammoth and historic’ logistics operation

UNICEF – in partnership with Gavi and WHO – is also helping low- and lower-middle-income countries prepare to receive COVID-19 vaccines in 2021 NOTE: Spokespersons available on request DUBLIN/NEW YORK, 18 December 2020 – UNICEF could potentially transport up to 850 tonnes of COVID-19 vaccines per month in 2021, should such quantities become available, according to a new assessment. This is … Continued

Saolta University Health Care Group supports UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ Campaign

UNICEF Ireland and Saolta University Health Care Group partner for 4th year running Staff in the Saolta University Health Care Group are once again supporting the UNICEF ‘Get a Vaccine, Give a Vaccine’ campaign by getting their flu vaccination. For every member of staff who gets a flu vaccine, Saolta will donate 10 polio vaccines … Continued

STATEMENT: Life is a ‘waking nightmare’ for 12 million children in Yemen – UNICEF ED

UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore’s remarks at the Averting famine in Yemen: What can we do now and in 2021 event  NEW YORK, 10 December 2020 –This is a summary of what was said by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s High-Level Event: Averting famine in Yemen: … Continued

Window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing, UN agencies warn – Joint WFP, FAO and UNICEF press release

Levels of hunger in Yemen reach record levels, requiring urgent action SANA’A/ADEN / ROME / NEW YORK / DUBLIN, 3 December 2020 – The window to prevent famine in Yemen is narrowing as new figures reveal record highs of acute food insecurity in the country, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the UN World … Continued