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The Burberry Foundation Continues Its Support For UNICEF’s Global COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal

The Burberry Foundation has committed further support to UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal, enabling more equitable distribution of the vaccine in countries around the world to continue tackling the global pandemic.

This latest contribution builds on previous funding provided by the Foundation and Burberry over the past year. Collectively, the donations will go towards the overall goal of providing safe and equitable access to over 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries by the end of this year, as well as supporting UNICEF to provide 5.6 million COVID-19 test kits and 5.5 million COVID-19 treatments globally.

Within months, UNICEF has delivered over 398 million vaccines for frontline health workers, social workers, teachers and those at the highest risk across 145 countries. The ambition of UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal is to vaccinate 30% of populations in low- and middle-income countries by the end of this year.

Since April 2020, The Burberry Foundation has contributed to relief efforts around the world through the Foundation’s COVID-19 Community Fund. Projects supported include distributing PPE to hospitals in Europe and Africa, providing essential healthcare and mental health support services for communities across Asia and the Americas, and funding for food charities to provide nutrition to local communities.

On 7 March 2021, an elderly local of the Kankasundari area in Jumla District in Nepal's remote far west receives the COVID-19 vaccine at the hands of nurse Jandevi Budha at the Malikabota Health Post. The Government of Nepal has launched the second phase of the vaccination campaign targeting those who are most vulnerable to developing severe illness from COVID-19 including the elderly and people with comorbidities. UNICEF has supported the assessment and strengthening of vaccine cold-chain systems in many health facilities around the country, including in Jumla, and much of this equipment and this equipment – which includes refrigerators and vaccine cold boxes and carriers - is now being used in the storage and transport of COVID-19 vaccines. UNICEF has also procured and supplied safer auto-disabled syringes for the COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Pam Batty, Secretary to The Burberry Foundation and VP of Corporate Responsibility at Burberry: “The safe and equitable distribution of vaccines remains vital to protecting communities globally. We are proud to continue supporting UNICEF’s robust response, enabling the COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal to keep helping millions of people every day. Many vulnerable people are continuing to grapple with the global pandemic and its devastating effects on education, access to healthcare and livelihoods. However, being able to provide testing and effective treatments on this scale can truly change lives and help provide a better future.”

Steven Waugh, Interim Executive Director of the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK): “Delivering COVID-19 vaccines around the world is the biggest health and logistics operation in history. Burberry and The Burberry Foundation have stepped up to help UNICEF as we have responded to the pandemic. The donations to UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal throughout the pandemic have provided vital support, and this latest donation to the appeal will further contribute to the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments in low- and middle-income countries, helping to bring the pandemic to an end for everyone, everywhere. Thank you to everyone at Burberry for your continued support.”

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