- 29 Dec 2021
Cellnex is working with UNICEF to support the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines to vulnerable countries
Through the COVAX Facility
- The COVAX Facility is an unprecedented global health and logistics operation that will facilitate equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
- The initiative is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Vaccination Alliance (GAVI) and the Coalition for Innovations in Preparedness for Epidemics (CEPI), with UNICEF as a key ally to organise procurement, transport and distribution of vaccines.
- The collaboration with UNICEF is part of the “Cellnex Covid-19 Relief Initiative” through which the company has several lines of collaboration with NGOs and various medical institutions to to contribute to the mitigation of the health, economic and social impact of the pandemic.
Barcelona, 29 December 2021. Cellnex has signed an agreement with UNICEF Spain designed to facilitate equitable access to the COVID-19 vaccine in low- and middle-income countries through the COVAX Facility.
The COVAX Facility is co-led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Global Alliance for Vaccination (GAVI), and the Coalition for Innovations in Preparedness for Epidemics (CEPI) with UNICEF as a key partner in its implementation as an unprecedented global logistics and health operation. In view of its role as the world’s major vaccine supplier, UNICEF has been designated to organise the acquisition, transport and distribution of vaccines, tests and treatments, to low-income and lower-middle-income countries.
A global commitment to the pandemic
In response to the global COVID-19 crisis, and as part of its social commitment, Cellnex is promoting directly and through its Foundation several health and social initiatives included in the Cellnex Covid Relief Initiative contingency plan, a fund endowed with €10 million that it launched in 2020 to work with national and international organisations and projects that help minimise the health, economic and social impact of the pandemic.
This initiative integrates social and health aid projects implemented in all the countries where the telecommunications company operates.
Lluís Deulofeu, senior advisor at Cellnex and president of its Foundation, said that “to overcome this global health crisis it is essential that the vaccine reaches everyone. Accordingly, we consider that the COVAX Facility is a very worthwhile initiative that will provide a differential boost to achieve immunity, also in low- and lower-middle-income countries, allowing us all to return to normality together. Cellnex facilitates access to connectivity, and through the Foundation’s cooperation with UNICEF we also want to facilitate access to vaccines”.
About Cellnex Telecom
The efficient deployment of next-generation connectivity is essential to drive technological innovation and accelerate inclusive economic growth. Cellnex Telecom is an independent provider of neutral wireless telecommunications and broadcasting infrastructures, allowing operators to access Europe’s most extensive network of advanced telecommunications infrastructure on a shared-use basis, helping to reduce access barriers for new operators and improve services in the most remote areas.
Cellnex manages a portfolio of more than 130,000 sites – including deployments planned until 2030 – in Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, France, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Austria, Denmark, Sweden and Poland. Cellnex’s business is structured in four main areas: services for telecommunications infrastructures, audiovisual broadcasting networks, security and emergency network services, and solutions for the intelligent management of urban infrastructures and services (Smart cities and “Internet of Things” (IoT)).
The company is listed on the continuous market of the Spanish Stock Exchange and is part of the selective IBEX35 and EuroStoxx 100. It is also present in the main sustainability indices, such as CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project), Sustainalytics, FTSE4Good, MSCI and Standard Ethics. Cellnex’s reference shareholders include Edizione, GIC, TCI, BlackRock, Canada Pension Plan, CriteriaCaixa, Wellington Management Group, Capital Group, Fidelity and Norges Bank.
For more information: www.cellnextelecom.com