Geneva-based Tetra Laval Group, parent company to Tetra Pak, DeLaval and Sidel, announced a 10-million euro contribution in support of UNICEF’s work to deliver COVID-19 vaccines globally. The donation will contribute to UNICEF’s efforts to strengthen global vaccine equity, especially in lower-income countries, the company said.
Since early 2021, UNICEF has delivered more than 700 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 144 countries around the world on behalf of the COVAX Facility. In addition, UNICEF has been providing in-country technical and financial support in over 130 countries to help turn vaccines into vaccinations. The organization also has been working with partners, governments and communities to address the stark inequalities across the globe in accessing life-saving COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments and protective equipment, Tetra Laval said.
“Science tells us that we will only defeat the pandemic if we reach a sufficiently high vaccination coverage globally. Making funds available to UNICEF and COVAX is important to us as it will contribute to the health and safety of many people and hopefully speed up the return to the new normal,” said Lars Renström, chairman of the board of the Tetra Laval Group. “We are a purpose-led company, focusing on securing safe food distribution sustainably everywhere. We know that UNICEF´s invaluable job to secure vaccination everywhere will work in the same direction.”