Birna Thórarinsdóttir, Executive Director at UNICEF Iceland, and Robert Wessman, the CEO of Alvogen, signed a collaboration agreement today, under which the companies, Alvogen and sister company Alvotech will donate USD 100 thousand (over ISK 12.7 million) towards UNICEF’s struggle against the corona virus. The contribution will be used in UNICEF's participation in COVAX collaboration work in which the fund plays a key role in getting vaccines to over 90 low and middle income countries.
UNICEF and COVAX collaboration
UNICEF plays a key role in the COVAX collaboration, which ensures an equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to lower-income nations. The project is conducted by WHO, GAVI and CEPI. The COVAX partnership works both with governments and manufacturers to guarantee fair access to vaccines among the nations of the world where UNICEF leads the procurement and delivery of vaccines and syringes to over 90 low and middle income countries. In addition to this, UNICEF and its partners provide guidelines for the procedures needed for the safe implementation of vaccinations, the training of healthcare professionals and the building of community trust in vaccinations.
The objective of the COVAX collaboration is to ensure the provision of 2 billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021. After months of preparation, vaccines, syringes and other equipment are starting to arrive. COVAX vaccines have now reached, among other places, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cambodia, Sudan, Rwanda and Senegal. Other countries will be added to this group over the coming days and weeks. The evolution of COVID-19 vaccines and the achievements of the COVAX partnership can be monitored in a new dashboard launched by UNICEF.