The Peer-2-Peer organized a closed-door dialogue on “Rollout of COVAX Humanitarian Buffer” on 12 May 2021. The information shared during this session will enable field leadership to undertake well-informed advocacy and resource mobilization efforts. The session was facilitated by Mr. Altaf Musani, Director, Health Emergencies, WHO, with the participation of Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director, WHO and Dr. Robin Nandy, Principal Adviser and Chief of Immunization, UNICEF. 7 RC/HC and a number of HCT members from different field operations participated in this session.
The following points were highlighted:
- The importance of engaging with country teams during the decision–making process when allocating stocks from the humanitarian buffer to mitigate risks of doing harm particularly in highly volatile contexts.
- The importance of continued advocacy to donors to provide support for the delivery of vaccines.
- Not to rely on existing humanitarian resources that are needed for priority lifesaving operations.