Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and UNICEF Announce $150 Million Guarantee to Support Access to Vaccines and Health Supplies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, and UNICEF Announce $150 Million Guarantee to Support Access to Vaccines and Health Supplies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

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New four-year commitment will help UNICEF procure COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines; mitigate the pandemic’s disruption of routine immunization; and support the procurement of other essential health supplies

SEATTLE, STOCKHOLM, COPENHAGEN, 12 November 2021 -/African Media Agency(AMA)/- The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), and UNICEF today announced a $150 million financial guarantee to help UNICEF procure vaccines and other health-related supplies for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

This financing, effective through 2025, will help sustain national immunization programs, including COVID-19 vaccination campaigns, and enable the timely procurement of essential health supplies while domestic financing is mobilized. Many low- and middle-income countries rely on UNICEF’s procurement services to secure access to a wide array of affordable essential health supplies as part of their emergency response and to meet routine needs. With the COVID-19 pandemic putting decades of work to improve child survival in jeopardy, this new financing will help improve the sustainable and reliable availability of essential and often lifesaving health supplies, such as diagnostics, syringes, and oxygen concentrators.

“The world cannot have a system in which supplies that are critical to improving the health of all people are auctioned to the highest bidder, forcing poorer countries to go without,” said Chris Elias, president of the Global Development Division at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. “Access to diagnostics, treatments, vaccines and other essential health supplies is critical to ensuring that countries can protect their people against COVID-19 and other health threats. This financial commitment will ensure that UNICEF is well-equipped to continue procuring affordable, lifesaving tools for those most in need.”

“We at SIDA are thrilled that we can deploy innovative financing mechanisms together with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to allow UNICEF to scale up their operations,” said Cecilia Scharp, director of International Organisations and Policy Support at SIDA. “Health systems in low- and middle-income countries are disproportionally affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and access to health commodities is of vital importance to combat impacts of the pandemic.”

Since 2017, UNICEF has accelerated the procurement and delivery of $900 million worth of supplies, including 840 million doses of vaccines to more than 100 countries, by leveraging financial guarantees. UNICEF substantially expanded its financing capacity in 2020 to support the procurement of COVID-19 products and other essential supplies. Additionally, UNICEF has secured ultra-cold chain storage, syringes, diagnostics, oxygen concentrators, and other critical commodities, typically accelerating delivery by up to five months. At a time when health systems are under incredible strain from COVID-19, this support is critical to protect and reinforce essential elements of the system to ensure all children can still access vaccines and other lifesaving health interventions.

“COVID-19 has shown us – without a doubt – that inequality of access to health services and vital health supplies like vaccines is not only bad for those left behind – but bad for everybody,” said Etleva Kadilli, Director of UNICEF’s Supply Division. “Even with the continuing pressures of the pandemic, it is imperative that essential health supplies continue and are scaled up to reach communities who have been missing out. Financial guarantees and domestic resources committed now will help drive more equitable access to critical COVID-19 tools to control the pandemic, while also ensuring all children have access to vaccines and other lifesaving supplies when they need them.”

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s financing is made available through its $2.5 billion Strategic Investment Fund (SIF), which uses a suite of financial tools to address market failures. SIF issued its first $15 million guarantee to UNICEF in 2015 to prevent vaccine stockouts in Nigeria, then extended this commitment in 2017 to allow UNICEF to leverage the financing for procurement for other LMICs. SIF increased its guarantee to $65 million in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the current commitment set to expire at the end of 2021. Since the start of the pandemic, SIF has leveraged more than $800 million in volume guarantees, forgivable loans, and other at-risk financing to enable the rapid procurement of essential medical supplies and help companies finance the production of COVID-19 products for low- and middle-income countries.

Distributed by African Media Agency on behalf of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

About the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people—especially those with the fewest resources—have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, Washington, the foundation is led by CEO Mark Suzman, under the direction of Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates.

Media contact: media@gatesfoundation.org

About the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Sida is Sweden’s government agency for development cooperation. We strive to reduce poverty and oppression around the world. In cooperation with organisations, government agencies, and the private sector, we invest in sustainable development for all people.

Media contact:
Mattias Bengtsson Byström,
+46 703 78 84 29,
 mattias.bengtsson.bystrom@sida.se

About UNICEF
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across more than 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. Follow UNICEF on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.
Media contact: Stephanie Ann Brickman, sbrickman@unicef.org

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