November 3, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada
Canadians know that vaccinating the world against COVID-19 is the best way to end the pandemic, and since the early days of this disease, the Government of Canada has stepped up to help. That’s why it announced that it would match donations made by individuals to help ensure that life-saving COVID-19 vaccines reach people in developing countries in humanitarian and conflict situations.
The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, today announced that the Government of Canada will match, dollar for dollar, the full $9,675,928 donated by individual Canadians to the #GiveAVax Fund through UNICEF Canada.
The funds will enable UNICEF to cover the per-person cost to transport vaccines to destination countries, keep vaccines viable by protecting the cold chain during the journey and train health care workers to effectively administer the vaccines and safely dispose of needles and waste. Thanks to the generous contributions of individual Canadians, the full $19,351,857 (total of donations and match) will cover the costs of vaccinating over 3.8 million people around the world.
UNICEF Global is the procurement and delivery lead for COVAX, the vaccine pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, and together, these organizations are undertaking the world’s largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in human history. Contributions to UNICEF Canada’s fundraising campaign are supporting these efforts and ensuring that no vaccine dose goes to waste.