UNICEF, WEF sign charter with 18 companies to deliver Covid-19 vaccines
The unprecedented magnitude of the pandemic requires innovative and bold collective action from multinational organisations, governments and industries for inclusive and efficient distribution of safe vaccines. With lives and livelihoods of millions across the globe depending on multiple stakeholders harnessing the power of collective action – whether in the field of health delivery, goods delivery or humanitarian service delivery, the logistics sector and UNICEF will play a central role in vaccine distribution.
Recognising this need, 18 shipping, airlines and logistics industry CEOs, the executive director of UNICEF, and the president of the World Economic Forum (WEF), have signed a charter supporting UNICEF and COVAX countries in four main ways. The first is to engage with governments, customs authorities, UNICEF and other UN Agencies, and NGOs; the second is to participate in operational asset and competency sharing. The third is to assign expertise to support governments, where requested by UNICEF. Lastly, support the organisation’s Global Vaccine Logistics Distribution, for Covid-19, with prioritization and solutions for international and in country distribution of vaccines and related supplies on behalf of the COVAX facility