Funding doubles for Summer Programme – Children’s Futures Ireland campaign

Dublin 11.05.2021 – “The Children’s Futures campaign welcomes today’s announcement by Ministers Foley and Madigan that they will double the funding offered to this year’s Summer education programme. This is yet another indication of the Government’s clear commitment to prioritise children’s education and to minimise the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on children and young people’s … 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

NEWS NOTE: UNICEF sends 3,000 oxygen concentrators and other critical supplies to India as country battles deadly COVID-19 surge

NOTE: Spokespersons available on request. NOTE: Photos, BRoll and videos here.   NEW DELHI/KATHMANDU, 29 April 2021 – UNICEF has sent critical lifesaving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of COVID-19. “COVID-19 is severely overstraining the health system in India,” said … Continued

World Immunisation Week warning – €7.6 trillion economic losses could result from failure to vaccinate equitably against COVID-19

UNICEF Ireland, ICC Ireland and Chambers Ireland highlight research warning of sluggish recovery DUBLIN, 25 April 2021 – A study commissioned by the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Research Foundation warns the global economy stands to lose as much as €7.6 trillion if governments fail to ensure developing economies get access to COVID-19 vaccines. The research … 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

PRESS RELEASE: UNICEF begins shipping syringes for the global rollout of COVID-19 vaccines under COVAX

100,000 syringes will arrive in Maldives, with more countries to receive imminent deliveries for rollout of COVAX Facility vaccines NEW YORK, 23 February 2021 – UNICEF has sent 100,000 syringes and 1,000 safety boxes for COVID-19 vaccinations to the Maldives by air freight from UNICEF’s humanitarian warehouse in Dubai—part of the first wave of COVID-19-related syringe shipments … 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