NEW YORK, September 25, 2021 – UNICEF welcomes the LEGO Foundation’s announcement today of a contribution of $ 70 million to UNICEF’s work at the COVAX and ACT-A facilities. This is the largest private sector donation to UNICEF’s response to COVID-19. This is part of the LEGO Foundation’s $ 150 million pledge to support children and families affected by the pandemic around the world.
The donation will help speed up immunization in the country to protect health care and social services, including educators and key caregivers, to minimize further disruption in children’s lives. As vaccines become more and more available, it is critically important to help countries around the world ensure that these vaccines turn into vaccines.
“Over the past 18 months, the lives of millions of children have been put on hold as the pandemic has closed schools, disrupted health services and removed children from their parents and friends,” said Henrietta Fore, Executive Director from UNICEF. “Children, like us, want their lives back. UNICEF believes that equal access to vaccines for all countries is the surest way out of the pandemic. We thank the LEGO Foundation for sharing this belief and hope their support will inspire other organizations, businesses and individuals to be so generous.
To date, some 5.8 billion doses of vaccine have been administered worldwide, but only 2% have been administered in Africa.
The funds from the LEGO Foundation will be used to support the delivery and administrative support of UNICEF in the country of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to more than 14 million people in mainstream settings and to more than 10 million people in humanitarian contexts.
This donation builds on the LEGO Foundation’s core values of finding creative solutions to difficult challenges, caring for children and the communities in which they live, and the power of collaboration to address challenges and opportunities. posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, “said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of the LEGO Foundation. “Together, we must take a leap in playful learning, creating a future that promotes inclusive education, lifelong learning opportunities for all children, and where holistic skills and innovation are power stations. We call on the private sector, philanthropic organizations, governments and other donors to make a generous donation to the global response to COVID-19. No one is safe until everyone is safe.
The LEGO Foundation and UNICEF have been in partnership since 2015, focusing on the well-being of children and empowering them to become creative and lifelong learners through play.
UNICEF works in some of the world’s most difficult places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. In 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for all. For more information on UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org. UNICEF is the world’s largest purchaser of vaccines and has worked with governments for more than 30 years, immunizing half of the world’s children each year. Find out more about UNICEF’s work with the COVAX Facility here, or UNICEF’s work on immunization here.
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About the LEGO Foundation
The goal of the LEGO Foundation is to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow; a mission that she shares with the LEGO Group. The LEGO Foundation is dedicated to building a future where learning through play enables children to become creative, engaged and lifelong learners. His job is to redefine play and reinvent learning. Together with thought leaders, influencers, educators and parents, the LEGO Foundation aims to equip, inspire and activate champions of learning through play. Learn more at www.LEGOfoundation.com.