Open letter to philanthropists from the UNICEF International Council

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Fellow philanthropists,

Bringing the pandemic to an end is within our power

We, the members of UNICEF’s International Council – a collective of over 70 individual philanthropic partners committed to improving children’s lives – are standing alongside UNICEF as it leverages decades of experience vaccinating nearly half the world’s children each year,  into the most ambitious global vaccine delivery operation the world has ever seen.

UNICEF is the key delivery partner of the COVAX facility – a global alliance established to guarantee fair and equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests and treatments. It aims to help deliver at least two billion vaccine doses by the end of 2021 in more than 180 countries.

Looking to the year ahead, we all have a vested interest in ensuring that COVID-19 vaccines are rapidly distributed and equitably delivered. Some countries are beginning to see COVID-19 cases decreasing, while in other countries cases are increasing at alarming rates and overwhelming their health systems. In order to achieve worldwide success, we must reach every country urgently. The pandemic won’t truly end for anyone until it ends for everyone.

We believe private philanthropists are uniquely placed to respond to this global emergency and help UNICEF close the funding gaps – an estimated need of US$659 million this year. Thanks to the agility and speed of private grant making, our funds can help accelerate the vaccine roll-out, respond quickly to changing circumstances, and enable UNICEF to work with countries not just to deliver vaccines to people but invest in sustainable improvements in health care systems, tackle misinformation, and engage communities – all things that UNICEF does best.

This is an urgent call to action to save lives and give children the future that they deserve. Please join us by supporting UNICEF to deliver history. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

Co-signed by:

Aaron and Catie Enrico, United States

Andy Astrachan, AJA Foundation, United States

Asher and Kendra Simon, United States

Barbara and Edward Shapiro, United States

Bernard Taylor, Sr. United States

Bill and Cindee Dietz, United States

Carey Garrett, Canada

Carrie D. Rhodes-Nigam and Vishal Nigam, United States

Charlotte and Peter Bolland, United Kingdom

Cillian and Siobhan Ryan, South Africa

Djaffar Shalchi, Denmark

Dolores Rice Gahan, D.O. United States

Dr. Xiang Hu, China

Elena Marimo Berk, United States

  1. Barrie Landry, United States

George and Danielle Boutros, United States

Gloria Principe and John O’Farrell, United States

Holger Feist, Germany

Jamie, Chuck and Lucy Meyer, United States

Kaia Miller Goldstein and Jono Goldstein, United States

Kirsty and Eric Bendahan – ELEVA Foundation, United Kingdom

Kambara (Sun) Kenta, Japan

Kambara (Sun) Miky, Japan

Kambara (Sun) Shintaro, Japan

Kin Bing Wu, United States

Luisa Panconesi, Italy

Maria Ahlström Bondestam, Anna Tornivuori, Helena Nahi, Joanna Danielsson, Malin Ahlström, Johanna Ahlström, Laura Meyer – Eva Ahlström Foundation, Finland.

Mark and Allie Allyn, United States

Melody Wilder Wilson, United States

Naza Alakija, United Kingdom

Pasi Joronen, Finland

Purvi & Harsh Padia, United States

Rachel Simon, United States

Richard Hirayama, United States

Sarah Simon, United States

Sippi and Ajay Khurana, United States

Steve Eaton, United States

Susan and Dan Boggio, United States

Susan Littlefield and Martin Roper, United States

Susan and Stefan Findel, United States and Germany

Tina Srowig, Germany

Téa Leoni, United States

The Charles Engelhard Foundation, United States

Wendy and Frank Serrino, United States

For more information and interviews with spokespeople, please contact:

Unicef UK Media Team, 0207 375 6030, [email protected]


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