India Crypto Relief Fund has contributed USD 15 Million to UNICEF for procuring Re-Use Prevention (RUP) syringes to boost the Government of India’s vaccination drive.
The Fund, helmed by Polygon’s Sandeep Nailwal, released this news on its Twitter handle.
The Aim of the Contribution
“Crypto Relief’s aim is to help India fight the pandemic and strengthen its public health infrastructure. This partnership with UNICEF has given us an opportunity to help the Government of India meet the need for 160 million syringes and aid the Government in its vaccination drive,” said Sandeep Nailwal.
This donation aims at expediting “the maximum number of doses possible and fast-track all-India vaccination efforts.”
“India’s COVID-19 vaccination drive is one of the largest in the world aiming to vaccinate over 994 million people above the age of 18 years. In this massive endeavor, as many syringes as vaccines are required to keep up the fight to contain the pandemic,” said Dr. Yasmin Haque, UNICEF India Representative.
What are the RUP syringes? When will they arrive?
The Re-Use Prevention (RUP) syringes get locked after a single use and help to prevent misuse, and therefore prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The participation in the tender for these syringes is open to only WHO Pre-Qualified manufacturers. Based on the global tender results, orders will be placed with eligible bidders across the globe.
The first consignment of the syringes is expected to be delivered between September 2021 and January 2022.
This is the second such contribution the Fund has made this month. Earlier, it contributed INR 1.5 crores to the ‘Swasthya Ghar Tak’ mission to provide door-to-door COVID treatment in Uttar Pradesh. The contribution added 11 mobile telemedical buses which would provide healthcare services to 2.7 million people.
India Crypto Relief Fund was started during the second wave of the Coronavirus pandemic in India. Numerous industry stalwarts throughout the world have donated their money. This fund only caters to any initiative which provides medical treatment for COVID and related issues to people.