The pandemic ends for no one until it ends for everyone.
Advocates for global vaccine equity have repeated this mantra throughout the course of COVID-19, but still, inequity is playing out on a global scale perhaps more starkly than ever before. While 85 percent of eligible Canadians have gotten their first vaccination dose, a mere 6 percent of those eligible in low-income countries have received theirs.
That disparity is due to both supply and delivery issues, says Rowena Pinto, chief program officer for UNICEF Canada — and that’s why the organization launched its #GiveAVax campaign in July of 2021. The campaign is still active, and allows Canadians to donate money toward UNICEF’s work vaccinating people in low-income countries.
#GiveAVax has raised a total of $17.7 million since its launch in September, with $9.6 million being matched by the
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