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COVID-19 Vaccine: UNICEF To Stockpile Over Half A Billion Syringes By Year End

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Anticipating that COVID-19 vaccines will be available by 2021, UNICEF, the world’s largest single buyer of vaccines, said it will amass 520 million syringes in its warehouses by the end of this year.

This is part of UNICEF’s larger plan of 1 billion syringes by 2021, to guarantee initial supply and help ensure that syringes arrive in countries before the COVID-19 vaccines.

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Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director said, “Vaccinating the world against COVID-19 will be one of the largest mass undertakings in human history, and we will need to move as quickly as the vaccines can be produced.”

Besides syringes, the UN agency is also buying 5 million safety boxes for disposal of used syringes and needles, as well as solar fridges to store the vaccines at the right temperature.

“In order to move fast later, we must move fast now. By the end of the year, we will already have over half a billion syringes pre-positioned where they can be deployed quickly and cost-effectively. That’s enough syringes to wrap around the world one and a half times,” Ms Fore said.

The announcement comes amid uncertainty over when any of the Coronavirus vaccines at different stages of development would become widely available.

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