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Nestlé is joining the drive to speed up vaccination against COVID-19 and ensure broad, equitable distribution of vaccines to developing countries
The deployment of vaccines has started in a number of countries. At the same time, broad and equitable access to vaccines is still lacking because of a major financing gap.
Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider said that, "The COVID-19 pandemic has cost too many lives and livelihoods. The speedy development of vaccines has given us hope, but the job isn't done until there is access everywhere in the world. That is why we are supporting COVAX to reach those most in need. We urge everyone to help close this funding gap as soon as possible."
Nestlé supported the search for a vaccine with a donation to the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), which manages the COVAX facility together with the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI). The focus is now on the delivery of COVID-19 vaccines to help communities worldwide find their way out of this crisis.
Nestlé has been responding to the COVID-19 crisis by protecting its employees, by maintaining global food supply chains, and by giving a helping hand in the local communities, including Vietnam.
During the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in the northern provinces of Hai Duong, Quang Ninh, and Haiphong, Nestlé Vietnam has worked closely with the Central Vietnam Women's Union, Hai Duong Women's Union, Hai Phong Women's Union, as well as the Quang Ninh Center for Disease Control to support 290,000 drink and nutritional items worth VND2 billion ($86,960), under Nestlé and La Vie brands.
|Nestlé made donations to support Vietnam's COVID-19 fight|
In the past year, Nestlé Vietnam and La Vie, a member of Nestlé Group, have donated VND40 billion ($1.74 million) including products, cash, and 88,000 medical masks to Vietnam’s COVID-19 fight. The company has also offered support for small business partners affected by the pandemic like small restaurants, small eateries, and school canteens to overcome challenges with a total value of gifts up to VND22 billion ($956,520).
The company has closely followed regulations on pandemic prevention in light of the government’s guidance, and disseminated these regulations to all employees. Measures like wearing face masks, using hand sanitizers, measuring the body temperature of workers before entering the company, giving priority to online meetings, and increasing distancing in production areas, among others, have been observed meticulously.
|Nestlé actively adopted COVID-19 prevention measures|