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Published on July 28th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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Leading Irish Aviation Companies Donate to Support COVID-19 Vaccines

Irish Aviation companies, AerCap and SMBC Aviation Capital have joined forces with Collins Aerospace and Pratt & Whitney in a group effort to support equitable access to COVID-19 vaccinations in low-income countries via a collective $400,000 USD contribution to the Gavi COVAX Advanced Market Commitment (COVAX AMC), the multilateral mechanism, that provides access to donor-funded vaccine doses to 92 lower-income economies. In addition, the Gavi Matching Fund will double the impact of this gift, resulting in $800,000 USD in support of global COVID-19 vaccine equity.

The Aviation Coalition knows support is still needed to ensure no one from the global community is left behind in this pandemic. Each company contributed $100,000 USD as a testament to the importance of giving people in every corner of the world safe and equitable access to vaccination. Others are encouraged to join and learn more about Gavi and the COVAX Facility.

Commenting on the donation, CEO of AerCap, Aengus Kelly said, “We at AerCap are delighted to support Gavi and COVAX AMC. Though parts of the world are recovering well, other areas continue to face considerable challenges. We need to continue to support the battle against COVID-19 all across the world. It is in everyone’s interest to ensure the equitable distribution of vaccines and to support those who are less fortunate.” 

Also commenting was CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, Peter Barrett who said, “It is our responsibility as good corporate citizens to play our part in addressing global vaccine equity. By supporting COVAX AMC and Gavi, we are helping to ensure that everyone will have equal access to safe vaccines regardless of where they live or their means. This is a global solution to a global crisis and one that we are proud to support.”

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