In Sweden, the authorities expect a majority of the population above the age of 18 to be vaccinated when reaching late August. But the one thing scientists, doctors, public authorities and politicians seem to agree upon, is that the pandemic will not be over until more or less everyone is vaccinated. Or to use the words of Vaccine Forward: “No one is safe until everyone is safe.”
Soya Group has chosen to co-operate with Vaccine Forward, a Swedish organisation that has created a fundraising platform to make it easy for people and organisations to donate money for the purchase of COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccines will be used in the world´s 92 poorest economies. All collected funds will be forwarded to GAVI, the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization, that co-operates with WHO’s different project groups handling the purchase and distribution of the Covid-19 vaccine.
“We wish to contribute to mitigate this crisis as well,” says Cecilia Kolga, responsible for Soya Group’s social support and sponsor activities.
“We have a long tradition of co-operating with organisations such as the Red Cross, Save the Children and Doctors without Borders and contribute to their crisis funds on a regular basis. They have a far greater knowledge of how and when these money should be put to use and can secure that the funds are used in the most efficient way. We are doing the same this time. Vaccine Forward has the proper channels for fundraising and are making sure that the money reaches GAVI and the COVAX-programme.”
Vaccine Forward has estimated the cost for one vaccine dose to 10 USD. Through Wallenius Lines, Soya Group donates one vaccination dose for each of its co-workers, which equals USD 8,500.