The WHO Foundation has launched a global fundraising campaign aimed at ensuring access to COVID-19 "vaccines for everyone, everywhere."
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Facebook, Global Citizen, and other organizations, the Go Give One campaign calls for donations to the COVID-19 Vaccines Advance Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), a financing mechanism created by GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance, to ensure equitable access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries. In addition to calling on the public to help fund the purchase and delivery of vaccines at $7 a dose for those who most need them in countries that cannot afford them, the campaign is asking companies to match their employees' contributions. To that end, the Global COVAX Facility — led by GAVI, the World Health Organization, and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) — aims to secure an initial two billion doses for frontline healthcare and social workers and high-risk populations by the end of 2021.
Facebook has committed up to $5 million to the campaign, pledging to donate the first $20 to Facebook Fundraisers created for the effort in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, and Norway. Other organizations supporting the campaign include Entertain Impact, Fundraise Up, Heroes, and Reid Strategies. As of mid-February, COVAX AMC had secured pledges totaling $6.3 billion and has received about $4 billion to date; earlier this month, the Gates Foundation pledged $30 million, while GAVI launched a campaign to raise an additional $2 billion by June.
"The best way out of this pandemic is by getting vaccines to everyone, starting with health workers and the world's most vulnerable people," WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement.
"COVID-19 is...a problem that cannot be solved by any one country or government alone because none of us will be free from the virus until we are all free," the WHO Foundation states on its website. "The answer is vaccines for everyone, everywhere."
(Photo credit: GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance)