US retailer Walgreens to donate 3 million vaccines to developing countries


US drug store chain Walgreens last week announced that, as part of its involvement in the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, it would donate three million vaccines to developing nations. The 3 million donation comes after Walgreens promised to cover the cost of one vaccine for every immunization they administered between the 4th of September and the 14th of October.

With 1-in-5 children lacking access to life saving vaccines in developing countries, this campaign has worked to increase public awareness of vaccine availability, as well as donate vaccines to some of the world most vulnerable people.

“By expanding access to vaccines we have the ability to save a child’s life every 20 seconds from a preventable life-threatening disease, like measles, pneumonia, diarrhea and polio…Working in partnership with Walgreens, we raised awareness among its loyal customers of the importance of vaccines for the health of children in developing countries, and together with our United Nations partners we have given three million children around the world an opportunity at a healthy life.”
Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the United Nations Foundation

See the press release here.

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