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Burberry supports vulnerable communities globally through donation to UNICEF's COVID-19 vaccines appeal

Konan Aphouet, 37, nurse prepares a syringe of the COVID-19 vaccine at the Treichville vaccination centre, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire on 1 March 2021.

As the global rollout of COVAX vaccines accelerates, the first COVID-19 vaccination campaigns in Africa using COVAX doses began 1 March 2021 in Ghana and Côte D'Ivoire. These campaigns are the among the first to use doses provided by the COVAX Facility’s Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (AMC). This is an historic step towards ensuring equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines worldwide as part of the largest ever vaccine procurement and supply operation. COVAX is co-led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; WHO, the Coalition for Innovations in Epidemic Preparedness (CEPI) and UNICEF which leads the procurement and delivery of vaccines. It is the only global initiative that works with governments and manufacturers to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are available worldwide, for both high-income and low-income countries.

Burberry is donating to UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal, helping their efforts to ensure millions of people from vulnerable communities around the world have equal access to vaccines.

The donations from Burberry and the Burberry Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund, that build on their support for the global relief efforts over the past year, will go towards the transportation, storage and safe administration of COVID-19 vaccine doses in low-income countries.

UNICEF is the world’s largest vaccine buyer and already vaccinates almost half the world’s children against preventable diseases. Through the Global COVAX Facility, UNICEF is working on the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in modern history. The charity is collaborating with manufacturers and partners, aiming to make available two billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines across 190 countries by the end of the year.

Marco Gobbetti, CEO, Burberry: ‘We believe everybody should have equal access to the COVID-19 vaccine. UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal is helping provide it, protecting families and communities from the devastating impacts of the virus. We are proud to continue our support for the relief efforts by helping UNICEF in their mission to provide vital resources for vulnerable communities around the world.’

Steven Waugh, Executive Director of the UK Committee for UNICEF (UNICEF UK): ‘Burberry’s support of UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal is critical to help ensure rapid and equitable access of COVID-19 vaccines – irrespective of a country’s wealth. By supporting UNICEF, Burberry is helping the overall effort to procure and deliver two billion life-saving vaccines to all 190 countries participating in the COVAX Facility, including those already facing humanitarian challenges. Together, we can deliver the world’s largest vaccination campaign, in record time, and build a brighter future for the world’s children.’

The donation to UNICEF’s COVID-19 Vaccines Appeal continues the work of the Burberry Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund, which was set up as a global emergency relief appeal in April 2020. Contributions from Burberry colleagues, partners, customers and suppliers have been directed to support relief efforts globally, including the procurement and distribution of emergency PPE, donating to food banks and providing essential healthcare and social services to those most vulnerable around the world.

Burberry has also leveraged its global supply chain over the past year, manufacturing and sourcing more than 160,000 pieces of PPE that it donated to the UK National Health Service and healthcare charities. In addition, it provided funding to support the development of the University of Oxford and AstraZeneca vaccine and donated to charities dedicated to tackling food poverty to help meet the most immediate medical and community needs.


  • The Burberry Foundation (registered charity number: 1154468) launched The Burberry Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund as an emergency relief appeal in April 2020 to help those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic and support communities most impacted by the crisis. The appeal is open to Burberry colleagues, their friends and family, and third-party suppliers.
  • All funds raised by the Burberry Foundation COVID-19 Community Fund are directed to support relief efforts globally, from procuring and distributing surgical masks, gowns and other protective equipment to providing much needed funding to food banks and healthcare charities.
  • Projects supported include providing PPE to hospitals in Europe and Africa, providing essential healthcare and mental health support services for communities across Asia and the Americas, and funding for food charities to provide nutrition to local communities.


Read more about how Burberry contributes to the fight against COVID-19 here.

On 24 February 2021, a plane carrying the first shipment of COVID-19 vaccines distributed by the COVAX Facility lands at Kotoka International Airport in Accra, Ghana's capital.

The shipment to Ghana of 600,000 doses of the vaccine represents the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. UNICEF is leading in the procurement and delivery of COVID 19 vaccines for 82 low- and lower middle-income countries participating in the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility, co-led by Gavi, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and WHO, together with UNICEF, aims to provide at least 2 billion doses of approved COVID-19 vaccines by the end of 2021, enabling participating economies to protect frontline health care and social workers, as well as other high-risk and vulnerable groups.  

UNICEF Representative in Ghana Anne-Claire Dufay and WHO country representative Francis Kasolo said in a joint statement: “After a year of disruptions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with more than 80,700 Ghanaians getting infected with the virus and over 580 lost lives, the path to recovery for the people of Ghana can finally begin. This is a momentous occasion, as the arrival of the COVID-19 vaccines into Ghana is critical in bringing the pandemic to an end.
“The shipments also represent the beginning of what should be the largest vaccine procurement and supply operation in history. The COVAX Facility plans to deliver close to 2 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines this year. This is an unprecedented global effort to make sure all citizens have access to vaccines.
“We are pleased that Ghana has become the first country to receive the COVID-19 vaccines from the COVAX Facility. We congratulate the Government of Ghana - especially the Ministry of Health, Ghana Health Service, and Ministry of Information - for its relentless efforts to protect the population. As part of the UN Country Team in Ghana, UNICEF and WHO reiterate ou