UNICEF signs first COVID-19 vaccine agreement to supply African Union

The agreement will supply up to 220 million single-dose vaccines by 2022 as part of UNICEF’s broader support for the African Vaccine Acquisition Trust (AVAT) to help provide vaccines for the 55 AU Member States  NEW YORK, 8 July 2021 – UNICEF has signed an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to supply up to 220 million doses of … Continued

Retail Excellence supports UNICEF’s Drive for Global Vaccine Equity while helping Ireland Reopen and Stay Open

UNICEF Ireland and Retail Excellence highlight importance of vaccinating everyone to avoid spread of variants and further disruption to business. DUBLIN, 2 JULY 2021 – Retail Excellence has announced its support for an historic mission to vaccinate the world today as it joins an innovative UNICEF campaign rolling out in Ireland. As new variants of … Continued

Affordable, quality childcare inaccessible in many of world’s wealthiest countries – UNICEF report

Irish families of average income spend up to half of one salary to put two children in childcare DUBLIN/INNOCENTI/NEW YORK, 18 June 2021 – Affordable, quality childcare is inaccessible in many of the world’s wealthiest countries, UNICEF said in a new report released today. Luxembourg, Iceland, Sweden, Norway and Germany rank the highest on childcare … Continued

Statement: Immediate humanitarian access needed to stave off disaster for Gaza’s children

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore       NEW YORK, 18 May 2021 – “Gaza’s one million children are reeling from the mounting consequences of violent conflict with nowhere safe to turn. Lives have been lost, and families shattered. “In Gaza, at least 60 children have been killed and another 444 have been injured in less than … Continued

Deadly new surge in South Asia threatens to reverse global gains against the COVID-19 pandemic and have disproportionate impact on children

Statement by George Laryea-Adjei, UNICEF Regional Director for South Asia NOTE: Spokespersons available for interview KATHMANDU, 4 May 2021 – “The scenes we are witnessing in South Asia are unlike anything our region has seen before. Family members of patients are pleading for help as the region reels under an acute shortage of medical-grade oxygen. Exhausted … Continued

PRESS RELEASE: Immunisation services begin slow recovery from COVID-19 disruptions, though millions of children remain at risk from deadly diseases – WHO, UNICEF, Gavi 

Ambitious new global strategy aims to save over 50 million lives through vaccination   Please note: Expert spokespersons are available on request.  GENEVA/NEW YORK, 26 April 2021 — While immunisation services have started to recover from disruptions caused by COVID-19, millions of children remain vulnerable to deadly diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and Gavi, … Continued

A more family-friendly workplace essential to child wellbeing post-pandemic – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland

A more family-friendly workplace is essential to children’s wellbeing and will be critical to post-pandemic recovery, Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland say in joint statement DUBLIN 23.03.21 – Chambers Ireland and UNICEF Ireland have together issued a call to action for more family-friendly workplaces. The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the lives of children and their … Continued

STATEMENT: Syria conflict 10 years on: 90 per cent children need support as violence, economic crisis and COVID-19 impact

Almost 12,000 children killed or injured in the past decade, according to verified data – an average of more than three children a day AMMAN/NEW YORK, 10 March 2021 – The war in Syria has left the lives and futures of a generation of children hanging by a thread, UNICEF warned today, as the conflict nears … 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