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Aedín Donnelly, Communications and Media Manager, aedin@unicef.ie

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

STATEMENT: Teachers should be prioritised for vaccination against COVID-19

Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore NEW YORK, 15 December 2020 – “The COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on children’s education around the globe. Vaccinating teachers is a critical step towards putting it back on track. “At their peak in late April 2020, nationwide school closures disrupted the learning of almost 90 per cent of … Continued

Child poverty will remain above pre-COVID levels for at least five years in high-income countries – UNICEF report

In high-income countries, only 2 per cent of fiscal stimulus was allocated specifically to support children during the first wave of COVID-19; a better balance of spending that provides more direct support to children is urgently needed Pre-Covid data shows children in Ireland benefitting from economic recovery, but wellbeing must be protected through maintaining investments … Continued

UNICEF issues record US$6.4 billion emergency funding appeal to reach more than 190 million children impacted by humanitarian crises and the COVID-19 pandemic 

Funds will support essential programmes for children and families in need across 149 countries and territories through 2021 Download photo, video and b-roll here Download the 2021 UNICEF Humanitarian Action for Children here DUBLIN / GENEVA / NEW YORK, 3 December 2020 – UNICEF today issued its largest ever emergency funding appeal for US$6.4 billion to reach 300 … Continued