New Zealand High Commission Suva, Fiji

New Zealand funds the regional cold storage facility for vaccines

Representatives from UNICEF and NZ MFAT at the opening the regional cold storage facility in Nadi

The New Zealand High Commission was pleased to participate in the opening of a regional cold storage facility in Nadi, funded through the New Zealand Aid programme.

The Facility, which is based at Yee’s cold storage in Nadi, stores life-saving vaccines for 12 Pacific Island countries before they are shipped for right on-time use.

Trained staff under the supervision of UNICEF manage the cold storage facility and ensure that the vaccines are kept at their most ideal temperature.

Without this attention to detail, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be 100% potent when they reach their final destination.

UNICEF procures international quality, WHO-certified vaccines in bulk on behalf of Pacific Island Countries and is able to secure discounted rates as a result.

The regional cold storage facility was funded through New Zealand’s support to UNICEF Pacific’s Maternal Newborn and Child Health programme.

New Zealand also supports UNICEF’s bulk procurement of vaccines through the Vaccine Independence Initiative.

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