On 25 September, [NAMES CHANGED] (foreground, left-right) siblings Awa, 3, and Amadou, 4, pretend to talk on toy mobile telephones, at home in a village on the outskirts of the city of Kenema in Eastern Province. Many of the people in the village are affected by Ebola. Olematu and Ibrahim are being cared for by their 15-year-old sister, Betty, with help from a neighbour, following the death of their mother from Ebola one month ago. Betty is a survivor of the virus. An estimated 1,131 children in Sierra Leone are affected by Ebola virus disease. UNICEF/UNI172461/Bindra

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Comment on the UK Government’s announcement on plans to start donating millions of COVID-19 vaccines overseas

“Sharing COVID-19 vaccines now is crucial to ending the pandemic and the UK Government’s plan to donate 9 million vaccines in the coming weeks is a welcome step. At a time when the delay in global vaccine supply is impacting millions of people around the world this is the action needed to end this pandemic, for everyone everywhere.

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UNICEF hails Bhutan’s successful completion of full COVID-19 vaccinations for 90% of the eligible population

“A total of 2,401 health workers helped to vaccinate the eligible population with the second dose from 20 to 26 July across the country, arguably the fastest vaccination campaign to be executed during a pandemic. The precision with which Bhutan conducted mass vaccination campaigns within a week is an extraordinary achievement.

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Malnutrition among children expected to quadruple in Southern Madagascar as drought worsens, warn UNICEF and WFP

26 July 2021 – At least half a million children under the age of five are expected to be acutely malnourished including 110,000 in severe condition, in drought-affected southern Madagascar, suffering irreversible damage to their growth and development.

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Water supply systems on the verge of collapse in Lebanon: over 71 per cent of people risk losing access to water

23 July 2021 – More than four million people are at immediate risk of losing access to safe water in Lebanon.

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Learners in South Africa up to one school year behind where they should be

22 July 2021 - UNICEF calls for urgent action to protect schools from vandalism and urges ongoing compliance to COVID-19 safety measures.

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham to attend Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021

22 July 2021 - UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham to attend Soccer Aid for UNICEF 2021 and announces the Children's Investment Fun Foundation (CIFF) will match public donations, fundraising and the value of tickets - up to £6.3 million

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Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore on children deprived of parental care due to COVID-19

As the official COVID-19 death toll around the world passed 4 million earlier this month, UNICEF is increasingly concerned for children left without one or both parents

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Syria: Up to 1 million people at risk due to severe interruptions to Alouk Water Station

15 July 2021 - Joint statement by United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Syria, Imran Riza, Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for the Syria Crisis, Muhannad Hadi, and UNICEF Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Ted Chaiban.

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Escalation of violence in northwest Syria as at least three children killed, and two others injured

“UNICEF confirms that only this morning, three children were killed in two separate attacks in the area. The attacks have taken place in the de-escalation zone despite the ceasefire from March last year.

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Statement on the arrival of the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines in Haiti

Haiti was the only country in the Americas without a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. On the 14th July 500,000 doses of vaccine donated by the U.S government through COVAX landed in Port-Au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti

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COVID-19 pandemic leads to major backsliding on childhood vaccinations, new WHO, UNICEF data shows

23 million children missed out on basic vaccines through routine immunization services in 2020 – 3.7 million more than in 2019 - according to official data published today by WHO and UNICEF.

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UK Aid Commons Vote, UNICEF UK response

13th July 2021 - Statement from (UNICEF UK) Director of Advocacy, Joanna Rea.

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UNICEF signs supply agreement for Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine

13 July 2021 - UNICEF and Sinopharm sign a long-term agreement for the supply of the BBIBP-CorV inactivated virus vaccine against COVID-19 on behalf of the COVAX Facility.

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1 in 3 countries are not taking action to help students catch up on their learning post-COVID-19 school closures

13 July 2021 - A new UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank and OECD report documents education responses to COVID-19 in 142 countries

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UN report: Pandemic year marked by spike in world hunger

There was a dramatic worsening of world hunger in 2020, the United Nations said today – much of it likely related to the fallout of COVID-19. While the pandemic’s impact has yet to be fully mapped, a multi-agency report estimates that around a tenth of the global population – up to 811 million people – were undernourished last year. The number suggests it will take a tremendous effort for the world to honour its pledge to end hunger by 2030.

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Statement by UNICEF and UNESCO - Reopening schools cannot wait

12 July 2021 - Statement by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore and UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay calling for the re-opening of schools ahead of the Global Education meetings on 13th July 2021

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1.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine arrive in Afghanistan through COVAX global dose-sharing mechanism

More than 1.4 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine arrived today in Afghanistan. Donated by the United States to COVAX, the 1,484,900 doses were delivered through the COVAX Facility’s dose-sharing scheme to the Government of Afghanistan.

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UNICEF signs first COVID-19 vaccine agreement to supply African Union

UNICEF has signed an agreement with Janssen Pharmaceutica NV to supply up to 220 million doses of the J&J single-dose vaccine for all 55 Member States of the African Union (AU) by the end of 2022. Some 35 million doses are to be delivered by the end of this year.

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