The UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative

UNICEF staff member during the arrival of a plane with 32 tons of vaccines and supplies to combat COVID-19, at the Venezuela’s main airport on November 23, 2020 in Caracas, Venezuela. So far this year (October 2020), in Venezuela, UNICEF has distributed over 2.600 tons of supplies, more than US$10 million, to more than 1,332 sites in 23 states. As November, UNICEF Venezuela received a total of 20.1 tons of health and PPE supplies delivered by air and a total of 168.9 tons delivered by sea, including 7.9 tons of health supplies. This last cargo flight includes vaccines procured by UNICEF to contribute the National Immunization program. UNICEF has procured the following vaccines: BCG, polio (IPV and bOPV), MMR Vaccine (Measles, Mumps and Rubeola), yellow fever, DTP-HepB-Hib Vaccine (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis, Hepatitis B and Haemophilus Influenzae) and Td (Tetanus and diphtheria). All vaccines procured by UNICEF thanks to the contributions of it donors are WHO prequalified and comply with all international quality standards. UNICEF also provides the syringes and security boxes for each vaccines donation to reach for free all vulnerable people and protect them.

~Launched February 2021

UNICEF and leading airlines join forces to deliver COVID-19 vaccines and medical supplies around the world.

AirBridgeCargo, Air France/KLM, Astral Aviation, Brussels Airlines, Cargolux,
Cathay Pacific, Emirates Skycargo, Ethiopian Airlines, Etihad Airways, IAG Cargo, 
Korean Air, Lufthansa Cargo, Qatar Airways, SAUDIA, Singapore Airlines Ltd, 
United Airlines

The UNICEF Humanitarian Airfreight Initiative has been formed with leading airlines to secure the transport of vaccines, and other life-saving supplies worldwide. These airlines have signed agreements with UNICEF to support the prioritization of delivery of COVID-19 vaccines, essential medicines, medical devices, and other critical supplies to respond to the pandemic.

To help UNICEF reach participating countries swiftly and securely, airlines have committed to prioritizing the transport of the life-saving supplies, ensuring measures such as temperature control and security, and adding freight capacity to routes where needed. 

The initiative supports the COVAX Facility, a global solution to the COVID-19 pandemic that ensures participating countries have fair access to vaccines, regardless of their income level. Under COVAX, UNICEF is leading the procurement and delivery of quality-assured COVID-19 vaccines for low-income and lower-middle-income countries.

The participation of the airline industry is vital to support equal access to vaccines worldwide. The initiative will also act as a global logistics preparedness mechanism for other humanitarian and health crises over the longer term. 

Safe, timely, and efficient transportation of life-saving supplies is critical to supporting access to essential services for children and families, and the aviation industry’s role in this is critical. COVAX deliveries and the subsequent vaccination of frontline workers will support health and social care systems to safely resume these critical services.

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