TikTok Pledges $10 Million To Aid Immunisation Drive Across Africa Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
The leading short-form video platform, TikTok, announced today that it will be donating US$10 million which is equivalent to 3,895,020,000 in Nigeria Currency to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.
Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership that helps vaccinate half the world’s children against some of the world’s deadliest diseases.
This donation will go towards supporting efforts for both routine vaccinations against existing infectious diseases in Africa, as well as future deployment of COVID-19 vaccines.
The contribution will be matched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through its support to the Gavi Matching Fund, a public-private funding mechanism designed to incentivise private sector investments in immunisation, bringing the total package of support to US$ 20 million.
Amidst the global COVID-19 outbreak, TikTok is committed to supporting communities that have been deeply impacted by the coronavirus crisis in ways that are positive and beneficial.
This donation will help build a sustainable immunisation programme by ensuring the continuity of existing vaccines even amidst disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring equal access to the future COVID-19 vaccines, contributing to strengthening Africa’s health systems in general.
In addition to supporting immunisation in Africa, TikTok has also continued to support front line medical workers, educators, and local communities affected by COVID-19, both on and off the platform through various financial and educational efforts.
TikTok recently partnered with Red Cross South Africa to launch the #WashingHands campaign which shared health and safety tips with the community and launched the #Love2Learn campaign in partnership with UNICEF South Africa which encouraged creative learning at home.