UN stockpiles over half a billion syringes to ship across for Covid-19 vaccine

20th October 2020

20th October 2020

The United Nations is gearing up to vaccinate the world against Covid-19 as soon as it happens by trying to stockpile syringes in billions all around the world before 2021 ends.

By the end of this year, it will have over half a billion syringes pre-positioned so that they can be deployed quickly, said the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF.

It added these many syringes are enough to wrap around the world one and a half times.

It guarantees an initial supply in all the countries ahead of the Covid-19, said UNICEF on the achievement of arranging a stock of more than 520 million syringes.

Eva Kadilli, UNICEF's director of supply division said that the world will need as many syringes as doses of vaccine. Apart from stockpiling syringes, UNICEF also plans to buy five million safety boxes for the used syringes.

Vaccinating people in the world against Coronavirus will be one of the largest mass undertakings in human history, said Henrietta Fore, UNICEF executive director. She added, 'We will need to move as quickly as the vaccines can be produced.'

'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,' said Gavi in a statement. It is a Vaccine Alliance which helps in vaccinating children around the world against several debilitating and deadly diseases.

'Covax' is run by the Gavi vaccine alliance and it will handle the responsibility of using these syringes and reimbursing UNICEF. The shelf life of these syringes is of 5 years and they will be shipped via sea to various countries. And as the vaccines are supposed to be heat sensitive will be shipped through the air.

For diseases like typhoid, measles, and other vaccination programmes, UNICEF has planned to purchase approximately 620 million syringes.

42 candidates are currently being tested for the Covid vaccine, out of which 10 have already reached the final stage of the trial, as per WHO reports.

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