INDIA / UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE COVID-19

05-May-2021 00:02:59
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Representative in India, Yasmin Ali Haque, called for “investment in the services that are critical for children to remain healthy, for them to thrive, and also to recover from the trauma that they are facing” during the COVID-19 pandemic. UNIFEED / UNICEF FILE
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STORY: INDIA / UNICEF REPRESENTATIVE COVID-19
TRT: 02:59
SOURCE: UNIFEED / UNICEF FILE
RESTRICTIONS: PLEASE CREDIT UNICEF FOOTAGE ON SCREEN
LANGUAGE: NATS

DATELINE: 5 MAY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA / FILE
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UNICEF FILE - 29 APRIL 2021, KHANAPARA SATE, GUWAHATI, INDIA

1. Various shots, people waiting in line outside for COVID-19 vaccination
2. Close up, COVID-19 vaccination banner
3. Various shots, man getting vaccinated
4. Wide shot, people waiting inside for vaccination

5 MAY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA

5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative in India, UNICEF:
“For a year now, children have not gone to school. And just as we started the senior grades in school are restarting, exams might restart, and people were pretty much getting normalized, and then the second wave hit us.”

UNICEF FILE - 13 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW DELHI, INDIA

6. Med shot, staff nurse at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital arranging vaccines in cold boxes

UNICEF FILE - 29 APRIL 2021, KHANAPARA SATE, GUWAHATI, INDIA

7. Various shots, health workers work in a cold storage of Covid-19 coronavirus vaccine

5 MAY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA

8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative in India, UNICEF:
“We need the investment in the services that are critical for children to remain healthy, for them to thrive, and also to recover from the trauma that they are facing of this pandemic.”

UNICEF FILE - 29 APRIL 2021, KHANAPARA SATE, GUWAHATI, INDIA

9. Med shot, man being vaccinated

5 MAY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA

10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative in India, UNICEF:
“Cold chain for the COVID vaccine, protocols for adult vaccination, had to be adapted. And we used our experience with childhood immunization to really anticipate what are the bottlenecks we are likely to face, what are the sort of vaccine hesitancy or vaccine eagerness issues we are likely to face. And really worked hard on supporting that launch of the vaccines being produced, distributed, and of course now we have close to 160 million doses administered, which is a huge number, and it has to continue.”

UNICEF FILE - 15 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA

11. Various shots, man getting vaccinated against COVID-19 at BLK Super Specialty Hospital

5 MAY 2021, NEW DHELI, INDIA

12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Yasmin Ali Haque, Representative in India, UNICEF:
“Definitely the world is coming together to support India to ramp up its vaccine production, and these are difficult decisions that governments are having to make. It also means that we live in a global village and we need to be looking at how do we expand vaccine production in more countries so that as a world, when there is a need at this scale, rather than protecting our borders, we are really looking at how we can move the logistics so that those countries that do not have the capacity to produce vaccines are not left behind.”

UNICEF FILE - 13 FEBRUARY 2021, NEW DELHI, INDIA

13. Med shot, Dr Sandeep Nayar examines patient cases at BLK Super Specialty Hospital
STORYLINE
The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Representative in India, Yasmin Ali Haque, today (5 May) called for “investment in the services that are critical for children to remain healthy, for them to thrive, and also to recover from the trauma that they are facing” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an interview with UN News, Haque said, “for a year now, children have not gone to school. And just as we started the senior grades in school are restarting, exams might restart, and people were pretty much getting normalized, and then the second wave hit us.”

While providing urgent support to the healthcare system to help India in its battle with a deadly wave of COVID-19, UNICEF has also been assisting the Government of India in ensuring critical services for the most vulnerable children continue functioning. UNICEF provided more than 11,000 personal protection kits for functionaries working on India’s Childline so that childcare services can continue. Across all states, UNICEF is providing guidance and support for the safety and care of children in childcare institutions. UNICEF is also providing technical support to the government and partners to help 12.3 million children in 17 states continue learning from home. For

The UNICEF representative said, “cold chain for the COVID vaccine, protocols for adult vaccination, had to be adapted” in India using UNICEF’s experience with childhood immunization “to really anticipate what are the bottlenecks we are likely to face, what are the sort of vaccine hesitancy or vaccine eagerness issues we are likely to face.”

She noted that “close to 160 million doses administered, which is a huge number, and it has to continue.”

Haque said, “definitely the world is coming together to support India to ramp up its vaccine production, and these are difficult decisions that governments are having to make. It also means that we live in a global village and we need to be looking at how do we expand vaccine production in more countries so that as a world, when there is a need at this scale, rather than protecting our borders, we are really looking at how we can move the logistics so that those countries that do not have the capacity to produce vaccines are not left behind.”

UNICEF has sent critical lifesaving supplies, including 3,000 oxygen concentrators, diagnostic tests, medical kits, and other equipment. The Agency has provided oxygen supplies and other critically needed emergency equipment for immediate response while supporting resilience building against recurrent shocks and stresses. Along with the oxygen concentrators, UNICEF has supplied more than 500 high flow nasal cannulas and 85 RT-PCR (COVID testing) machines. Additionally, UNICEF is supporting the procurement and installation of 25 oxygen plants for hospitals in the Northeast and in Maharashtra, and the installation of more than 70 thermal scanners at various ports of entry countrywide.

UNICEF and partners also continue to support the Government of India in the acceleration of the national vaccine rollout to equitably reach all population groups. Through its work on Risk Communication and Communication Engagement (RCCE) UNICEF has also consistently worked to counter misinformation and promote COVID Appropriate Behaviours (wearing masks, physical distancing, and handwashing), using social media listening and audience insights. New multimedia content is produced weekly in multiple languages for broadcast on digital channels and media, especially at the state level. UNICEF needs $21 million for the urgent delivery of additional testing equipment, supplies and oxygen products in India, and more than $50 million for lifesaving COVID-19 interventions across sectors.
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