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UNICEF to lead initiative to buy, distribute Covid-19 vaccines

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Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director

 DTMT NETWORK
The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has said it would lead the world's largest and fastest procurement and distribution of Covid-19 vaccines from dozens of makers in the next two years so that no country lacks access.

The U.N. children’s agency and the World Health Organization co-lead a Covid-19 vaccine allocation plan known as Covax.

According to a UNICEF statement, 76 wealthy nations are part of the Covax plan, which aims to buy and provide equitable access worldwide to the shots for 92 low- and lower-middle-income countries.

Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director, said, “This is an all-hands on deck partnership between governments, manufacturers and multilateral partners to continue the high-stakes fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.”

“In our collective pursuit of a vaccine, UNICEF is leveraging its unique strengths in vaccine supply to make sure that all countries have safe, fast and equitable access to the initial doses when they are available,” she stated.


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