Luxury brand Gucci, owned by French group Kering, announced on Friday that it will give at least $500,000 (£370,900) to UNICEF (The United Nations Children’s Fund) USA to help supply and distribute COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable people around the world.
This donation is coming after Gucci donated two million euros ($ 2,427,900) towards COVID-19 efforts in March. In addition to the $500,000 donation, Gucci said it would match money raised for UNICEF by up to $100,000, and invited its followers to donate through the platform gucci.benevity.org in a 21-Day challenge between Dec. 5 and 26.
The U.N. agency is raising funds for COVAX, a program, led by the World Health Organization and the GAVI vaccine group to pool funds from wealthier countries and non-profit organizations to buy and distribute vaccines to poorer countries. COVAX has so far raised $2 billion.
Gucci’s generous donation allows for the vaccine to be distributed in some of the world’s most vulnerable communities; and means it will be readily available for those in need. The money will also go towards spreading community awareness, providing test kits and treatments, transport costs, face masks, and oxygen concentrators.
With several vaccines currently under review by the FDA, attention has shifted to how an approved vaccine might be distributed in the US. However, the Herculean efforts to achieve immunity will be even more difficult worldwide. UNICEF “is working to ensure the equitable supply and distribution of a safe COVID-19 vaccine worldwide, where available,” said Michael J. Nyenhuis, President, and CEO of UNICEF USA, in a statement.
He also said: “As the pandemic threatens the hard-won gains to protect and advance child’s rights around the world, UNICEF USA is extremely grateful for Gucci’s support to help rally global solidarity on this work and their commitment to helping every child survive and thrive.”
UNICEF aims to roll-out the largest, fastest vaccination program and is already leading the charge with its effort to supply COVID-19 vaccines to more than 180 countries.
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