Give a Vaccine donates to our first vaccination project
Give a Vaccine is delighted to announce that we have this week donated £25,000 to Médecins Sans Frontières, which will be used to vaccinate the most vulnerable against Covid-19 in Lebanon. The funds will be used to pay for mobile medical teams to vaccinate elderly people and frontline healthcare workers in care homes across Lebanon. It is hugely gratifying to have found such a credible and important partner and the use of your donations in Lebanon will be saving many lives in a country with a struggling healthcare system and an overwhelming need. MSF has not accepted ringfenced donations from any other organisation for this project and we are indebted to the MSF team for believing in us and the aims of our campaign.
We are particularly encouraged that we have been able to honour the intentions of our many donors and hope that this will demonstrate the credibility of our campaign and, indeed, encourage many more donations as result. We have a lot of work still to do but this is a very important milestone along the way. Thank you again to all our donors; please spread the word about our work and please continue to support our cause whenever you can.
Stephen Legg of MSF has issued this statement:
“We would like to express our sincerest thanks to the supporters of Give a Vaccine for enabling our teams to provide vaccinations to the most vulnerable in Lebanon, contributing towards worldwide vaccine equality."
The current COVID-19 pandemic tells us something. That we are better working together. Right now, the world needs vaccinations and right now only the wealthy countries are being effectively vaccinated. Our campaign at Give a Vaccine is simple. If you, in a wealthy country, receive a vaccine through your state or health service then could you give the cost to someone in less privileged circumstances? Effectively you give a vaccine for a vaccine received. Hence Give a Vaccine.
We estimate an average price for a vaccine is around £15 or $20. Some cost more and some less. So, if you give this sum, then we will ensure that the money is used for vaccinations in areas of the world that are simply not going to get vaccinated any time soon, without our help. Without us working together.
These are early days for Give a Vaccine. We are building partnerships with organisations able to support our programme but to do this we need to get funding off the ground. Our first step is therefore our GoFundMe page. We have set an initial target of £100,000 to get us established, but we will then need to raise much more to be effective. With the initial £100,000 we will have the backing to setup the partnerships and then fly from there.
Give a Vaccine will not use donations for administrative costs and we will pass on all the money to achieve our goals. It is true that some costs will be taken by finance companies to handle the money but we are trying very hard to keep this under 5%. The world is in your hands so please give a vaccine to someone in need in return for a vaccine received.
Give a Vaccine was founded in December 2020 and is seeking to appoint trustees to support its work and accountability. If you have an excellent reputation in this sphere and are interested in helping us develop our role in the world then please email us at email@example.com