(RED) Partners With Leading Financial Institutions To Call A CODE (RED) On COVID-19
NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- (RED) has brought together leaders in the financial services sector to call a CODE (RED) on the COVID-19 pandemic, raising money to support urgent and equitable access to COVID-19 relief in response to the ongoing and devastating impact of the virus in the world's poorest countries.
"(RED)'s cavalry of companies has delivered nearly $700 million to fight AIDS in Africa -- and tens of millions more in marketing neon that has encouraged governments in the fight too. That mission is as essential as ever, but in 2021 you cannot fight AIDS without fighting COVID-19," said Bono, (RED)'s co-Founder. "So I am punching the air today that CODE (RED) is launching to get COVID-19 vaccines, testing, PPE, oxygen and other support to countries that need it. Less than 5 percent of people in Africa are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 while in America and Europe shots are piling up on shelves. We have to do more and faster to get vaccines and other vital defenses to the hundreds of millions of people who still can't access them."
"Global public health – from New York to Nairobi - will continue to be under threat until everyone in the world has access to COVID-19 relief" said Jennifer Lotito, (RED)'s President & Chief Operating Officer. "(RED) has a legacy of 15 years fighting the AIDS pandemic, and today, we are launching a new initiative with the finance industry to help fight COVID-19. We are so grateful to American Express for leading the charge in launching CODE (RED), and to Citi, PayPal and their customers for donating points, to our proud partner Bank of America for joining forces with us once again and Lin-Manuel Miranda for supporting this fight."
Since its founding in 2006, (RED) has generated nearly $700 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS. This financial support has helped more than 220 million people and contributed to building strong and sustainable health systems in the poorest parts of the world. Today, as the impact of COVID-19 on life-saving AIDS programs continues to take its toll, (RED) is stepping-up to deliver private sector money to support the fight against AIDS and COVID-19. Through CODE (RED), contributions generated for the Global Fund will support the COVID-19 Response Mechanism, providing access to COVID-19 diagnostics, treatment, personal protective equipment (PPE), and critical support for healthcare workers on the front lines in the world's most fragile health systems. Contributions channeled through Gavi will fund the COVAX Advance Market Commitment (AMC) enabling access to safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines to protect the most vulnerable populations.
There are a number of ways that customers can join the fight, including:
"Communities around the world need our support more than ever, and we are committed to mobilizing our resources to accelerate the delivery of life-saving vaccines and other pandemic relief worldwide," said Stephen J. Squeri, American Express Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "As the leading global organization fighting the world's most pressing health emergencies, (RED) is the perfect partner to facilitate our efforts to expand access to COVID-19 vaccines to billions of people still waiting for availability."
Bank of America
"The global pandemic continues to have a disproportionate impact on many of the world's most vulnerable communities," said Anne Finucane, Vice Chairman, Bank of America. "Building on our partnership with (RED) and the Global Fund since 2014 to help in the fight against AIDS, today Bank of America proudly joins CODE(RED) to help drive critical awareness and funding to support (RED)'s efforts in the global COVID response. Our commitment of $35 million to the Global Fund will help to fight both pandemics -- funding AIDS prevention and treatment and helping to provide equitable access to COVID testing, treatment and personal protection equipment."
Throughout the pandemic, Citi has provided support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, as the financial advisor for the COVAX Facility, its global procurement mechanism for COVID-19 vaccines. This support aims to ensure that Gavi accomplishes its mission to save lives and protect people's health by increasing the fair and equitable distribution of vaccines. In addition, Citi and the Citi Foundation have committed more than $130 million in support of COVID-19-related community relief and economic recovery efforts globally.
"It's crucial that we expand access to vaccines in low- and middle-income countries that are disproportionately impacted by this pandemic," said Jane Fraser, Chief Executive Officer of Citigroup. "With this effort, we're proud to further expand our relationship with Gavi along with (RED), our peers, and our cardmembers to make a meaningful difference in combating this crisis on a global scale."
"Throughout the global pandemic, we have worked to help our customers and their communities navigate the impacts of COVID-19 — and to provideeasy ways for them to give to those in dire need around the world," said Dan Schulman, president and CEO, PayPal. "We are proud to extend our partnerships with American Express, Bank of America, and Citibank, to support CODE (RED) and its vital mission of global pandemic relief by making it easier than ever for customers to give in any way they can through the PayPal platform."
"COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the fight against HIV, TB and malaria, hitting particularly the most vulnerable communities around the world," said Peter Sands, Executive Director of the Global Fund. "We must unite to beat COVID-19 and ensure everyone has access to life saving tools and services. We are immensely grateful to (RED) for calling a CODE (RED) on COVID-19. It is time for another push to save lives."
"In the midst of this unprecedented pandemic, vaccine inequity combined with the rising threat of variants means it is more important than ever for the private and public health sectors to act together". said Dr Seth Berkley, Gavi CEO. "We are thankful to (RED) for calling a CODE (RED) on COVID-19 and for supporting COVAX as we strive to bring COVID-19 under control."
To learn more please visit Codered.org.
ABOUT AMERICAN EXPRESS
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ABOUT BANK OF AMERICA
(RED) partners with the most iconic brands and people to create (RED) products and experiences — all of which raise money for the Global Fund, one of the world's largest funders of global health. (RED) partners include Amazon, Anova Culinary, Apple, Balmain, Bank of America, Beats by Dr. Dre, Buffalo Games, Claro, eos, Girl Skateboards, The Honey Pot Co., Louis Vuitton, Mavin Records, Montblanc, Primark, Salesforce, Starbucks, Stellantis, Telcel, Therabody, TRUFF, U-Mask and Vespa. (RED) supporters include Merck and Roche.
To date, (RED) has generated nearly $700 million for the Global Fund, helping more than 220 million people. The money raised by (RED)'s partners and campaigns goes directly to strengthen health systems and support life-saving programs in the communities where pandemics hit hardest.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL FUND
Information on the work of the Global Fund is available at http://www.theglobalfund.org/
ABOUT GAVI, THE VACCINE ALLIANCE
Gavi is a co-convener of COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, together with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the World Health Organization (WHO). In its role Gavi is focused on procurement and delivery for COVAX: coordinating the design, implementation and administration of the COVAX Facility and the Gavi COVAX AMC and working with its Alliance partners UNICEF and WHO, along with governments, on country readiness and delivery.
After two decades of progress, Gavi is now focused on protecting the next generation and reaching the unvaccinated children still being left behind, employing innovative finance and the latest technology – from drones to biometrics – to save millions more lives, prevent outbreaks before they can spread and help countries on the road to self-sufficiency. Learn more at www.gavi.org and connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
The Vaccine Alliance brings together lower-income country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. View the full list of donor governments and other leading organizations that fund Gavi's work here.
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