Latter-day Saint Charities, the humanitarian arm of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has announced a $20 million grant to UNICEF in support of the procurement and supply of COVID-19 vaccines for a hundred and ninety-six countries.
The grant will support UNICEF's work with the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator and COVAX Facility — the vaccines arm of the ACT Accelerator led by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) — to secure an initial two billion doses for frontline healthcare and social workers and high-risk populations by the end of the year. In addition, the funding will assist UNICEF as it works with governments to strengthen cold and traditional supply chains, train health workers, address misinformation, and build trust in vaccines and in the health systems delivering them.
"No matter where we live, the pandemic affects every person, including children," said UNICEF executive director Henrietta Fore. "There has never been a more urgent need to work together. This grant for our important role in COVAX, from Latter-day Saint Charities, is the single biggest donation from a private-sector partner that we've received to date. We hope that their generosity inspires other organizations, businesses, and individuals to help us ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines."
(Photo credit: UNICEF/Kofi Acquah)