Walgreens announced on Wednesday that it is donating three million vaccines to children in developing countries at the completion of an immunization campaign created in partnership with the UN Foundation's Shot@Life.
Walgreens pledged to donate one vaccine through Shot@Life for every immunization it administered between Sept. 4 and Oct. 14.
"We're proud to have been a part of the Shot@Life campaign with the UN Foundation and I want to thank our customers who came in for flu shots and vaccines" Walgreens President of Pharmacy Health and Wellness Kermit Crawford said. "This program is a great example of how large organizations and individuals can come together to improve the delivery of preventive care. At Walgreens we're very pleased to help these vaccines get to the children who need them which also furthers our commitment to help people get stay and live well."
The donated vaccines will immunize children against measles, polio and other vaccine-preventable diseases.
"By expanding access to vaccines we have the ability to save a child's life every 20 seconds from a preventable life-threatening disease like measles pneumonia diarrhea and polio" Kathy Calvin, the president and chief executive officer of the United Nations Foundation, said. "Working in partnership with Walgreens we raised awareness among its loyal customers of the importance of vaccines for the health of children in developing countries and together with our United Nations partners we have given three million children around the world an opportunity at a healthy life."