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18 shipping, airlines and logistics industry CEOs sign vaccine-delivery charter

The unprecedented magnitude of the pandemic requires innovative and bold collective action from multinational organizations, governments and industries for inclusive and efficient distribution of safe vaccines. With lives and livelihoods of millions across the globe depending on multiple stakeholders harnessing the power of collective action – whether in the field of health delivery, goods delivery or humanitarian service delivery, the logistics sector and UNICEF will play a central role in vaccine distribution.

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Recognizing this need, 18 shipping, airlines and logistics industry CEOs, the Executive Director of UNICEF, and the President of the World Economic Forum, have signed a charter supporting UNICEF and COVAX countries in four main ways:

1. Engage with governments, customs authorities, UNICEF and other UN Agencies, and NGOs

2. Participate in operational asset and competency sharing

3. Assign expertise to support governments, where requested by UNICEF

4. Support UNICEF’s Global Vaccine Logistics Distribution, for COVID-19, with prioritization and solutions for international and in country distribution of vaccines and related supplies on behalf of the COVAX facility

Microsoft's future of work

It might seem an odd moment to celebrate the opening of Microsoft’s new state-of-the-art 46,000 square meter campus in Herzliya, Israel, except for that fact that questions around different and creative ways of working were already deliberated when the campus was designed – four years ago.

The campus is modelled off of an urban environment. It is a place of intersection, it provides private residential moments alongside frequent public moments.

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The “city” is divided into four hubs: Downtown, the industrial zone; Midtown, the eclectic, playful mainstream area; The Garden, the green outdoor level; and Uptown, which is made to feel like a boutique hotel. “Boulevards” tie together the different zones.

The campus is meant to be part of employees’ social and cultural lives. It contains all of the elements of a daily routine, from a café to a yoga room, dog playground, sports facilities, community gardens and a variety of indoor and outdoor food pavilions.

Salesforce teams with GAVI to distribute 2 billion vaccines

Equitable vaccine distribution requires data and tech. This is where Salesforce, the global leader in CRM (NYSE: CRM), is helping and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to manage critical information to equitably distribute approximately two billion COVID-19 vaccines to 190 countries by the end of 2021.

“We’re thrilled to continue our work with Gavi as they embark on one of the largest and most rapid vaccine distribution campaigns of our lifetime. Leveraging innovative technologies has always been a shared vision of Salesforce.org and Gavi. Now, we are arming 190 countries and economies with the platform they need to communicate critical information around COVID-19 vaccine requirements and equitable distribution for as many as two billion vaccines by the end of 2021.”

— Rob Acker, CEO at Salesforce.org.

Fair, rapid and equitable access to vaccines is critical to ending the global pandemic. Public-private partnerships, such as Gavi, which are focused on getting vaccines to some of the world’s poorest countries, need to be armed with data and technology to facilitate distribution at scale. The ability to manage huge volumes of country data is essential.

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