The COVID-19 pandemic remains a crisis of unprecedented magnitude. National governments continue to grapple with the challenges of implementing public health measures, maintaining essential health and social services and reaching populations – especially the most difficult to reach – with COVID-19 tools. New variants keep appearing as the pandemic continues.
UNICEF brings its technical expertise in sourcing, logistics and programming and is the lead implementation partner of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator (ACT-A).
Working with ACT-A partners, national governments and communities, UNICEF is working to address stark inequalities in access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments and personal protective equipment (PPE).
By 2021, UNICEF shipped more than 560 million doses of COVID-19 to 144 countries and provided technical and financial support in more than 130 countries to convert vaccines into vaccines. More needs to be done to end this pandemic, especially in humanitarian situations.
The 2022 ACT-A Humanitarian Action for Children (HAC) call aims to raise $933 million. We urgently need money to:
support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in the country
providing diagnostic tests and related technical assistance
strengthening oxygen systems and delivering new and repurposed therapies
Provide frontline workers with PPE and equipment to work safely
support risk communication and community engagement (RCCE) to advance the uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments.