Manchester United announce £50,000 donation to UNICEF's VaccinAid fund

07 May 2021

By: Sport Industry Group

The Manchester United Foundation has donated £50,000 to the VaccinAid campaign, run by UNICEF UK and Crowdfunder.

The fund is part of UNICEF’s mission to lead on the delivery of two billion COVID-19 vaccines around the world on behalf of the global COVAX Facility.

The Manchester United Foundation - which manages the Premier League club’s 22-year partnership with UNICEF - says it has committed £1 million to the COVID-19 response since the pandemic hit in March 2020. The £50,000 donation to the VaccinAid campaign could fund the cold chain equipment needed to deliver more than 550,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine around the world

UNICEF is currently working with manufacturers and partners on the procurement of two billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, as well as freight, logistics and storage. The programme is active in 191 countries, but will lead on administering vaccines for 92 low- and lower middle-income countries - making up more than four-fifths of the world’s population. 

“We’re incredibly grateful for the on-going support we have received from Manchester United Foundation, a valued partner of UNICEF UK for more than 22 years,” said Gordon Glick, Deputy Executive Director for Partnerships, UNICEF UK.

“By supporting UNICEF UK’s VaccinAid campaign, the Foundation is helping ensure rapid and equitable access of Covid-19 vaccines, irrespective of a country’s wealth.”

John Shiels, CEO of Manchester United Foundation, added: “We are very proud to have worked with UNICEF UK for many years, helping to support millions of children worldwide. 

“For a global organisation like Manchester United, it is important that our continued dedication to supporting the young people and families of Greater Manchester is also extended to our partners overseas. Through supporting VaccinAid and the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines via the global COVAX Facility, we are able to make this possible. I am certain it will go a long way to helping people across the world, changing their lives for the better and helping to bring an end to the pandemic.”