Fresenius Medical Care, the world’s leading provider of products and services for people with kidney disease, has donated 250,000 euros to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to mark the 25th anniversary of the ‘business. UNICEF will use the donation to support the COVAX vaccination initiative to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in approximately 140 countries. UNICEF delivers COVID-19 vaccines and other equipment around the world. With 250,000 euros, UNICEF is able, for example, to protect nearly 70,000 teachers or medical staff from infection with COVID-19. With every health worker protected against the virus, care for many children can be ensured. With every teacher vaccinated, more and more children can return to school.
Rice Powell, CEO of Fresenius Medical Care, presented a symbolic check in a virtual ceremony. “As a healthcare company, we have a special responsibility to our patients, our employees and as a member of our society,” he said. “In this anniversary year, we must do everything to defeat the global corona pandemic. We do this in a variety of ways. Our donation to UNICEF aims to protect the health of children in less developed and developing countries. This lives up to our values and our 25-year mission to maintain life and improve the quality of life.
As the world’s largest purchaser of vaccines, UNICEF has unique experience, acquired over many years, in purchasing and delivering goods to children in need. Working on behalf of nearly 100 countries, UNICEF purchases more than 2 billion doses of vaccines each year for routine immunizations and epidemics. Over the past 20 years, the organization has helped provide more than 760 million children with life-saving vaccines.
Christian Schneider, Executive Director of UNICEF Germany, said: “The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic threatens children around the world. Their access to health facilities is compromised, many still cannot go to school. In addition, violence against children is on the increase. The COVAX vaccine initiative is playing a decisive role in the fight against the pandemic and the reduction of its consequences, especially in low-income regions of the world. The pandemic is not over for anyone until it is over for everyone. To this end, UNICEF brings its unique and long-standing expertise in vaccine procurement and logistics. But we cannot meet this challenge alone. We therefore thank Fresenius Medical Care for their generous support.
COVAX is a global initiative in which the Gavi Immunization Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) work together to facilitate the equitable global distribution of COVID-vaccines. 19.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fresenius Medical Care has been intensely engaged on a variety of fronts. In addition to drastic measures to protect against infection and ensure the continued operation of our dialysis centers, the company has opened its facilities in several countries to allow vaccination of patients and, in some cases, the general public.