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OCHA launches enhanced data tool on COVID-19 vaccine roll-outs in countries in humanitarian crises

05 Mar 2021

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Sudan receives vaccines against COVID-19 from the COVAX facility, 3 March 2021. © OCHA Sudan

OCHA and the Centre for Humanitarian Data have launched a new element of a data tool focusing on the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines in countries experiencing humanitarian emergencies.

The OCHA-HDX COVID-19 Data Explorer dashboard, which was initially launched in June 2020, showcases data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting countries and vulnerable people affected by humanitarian and refugee crises. The tool incorporates dozens of data sets from more than 25 sources to help understand the progress of the virus and its impact on already vulnerable people in these locations.

The new element will track both vaccines allocated through COVAX and deliveries to the countries with a Humanitarian Response Plan and included in the Global Humanitarian Overview (GHO) launched by OCHA. The tool also tracks which countries have received donations or procured vaccines.

The COVAX initiative is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi and the World Health Organization (WHO), alongside the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) as the delivery partner. The initiative aims to accelerate the development and manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines, and to guarantee fair and equitable access for every country in the world.

COVAX has allocated 73 million doses to 25 countries with humanitarian emergencies in the first round, with deliveries already under way.

As of 5 March, COVAX has delivered almost 7 million doses in five countries with a humanitarian emergency. Those countries include Colombia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Nigeria and Sudan. A further 5.8 million doses have been donated or procured in 10 countries. Globally, at least 283 million people have been administered one dose of COVID-19 vaccine, although fewer than 500,000 of those people are in six countries with a Humanitarian Response Plan.

While there are many useful visualizations available to monitor the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the COVID-19 Data Explorer focuses specifically on the countries included in the GHO. The tool, which was first introduced in June 2020, brings together data related to underlying vulnerability and socioeconomic risk, as well as the level of humanitarian and international financing going towards the response.

Among the key data sets that can be viewed in the Map Explorer include COVID-19 cases and deaths; the number of people in need; the status of current routine immunization campaigns and annual vaccination levels; the impact of food prices; and humanitarian funding and financing from international financing institutions.

Users of the tool can explore data across all 56 GH0 countries, and are able to filter data by region. It is also possible to filter data for the 27 countries with a Humanitarian Response Plan. For highlights and analysis from the data, users can download the Daily Snapshot or Monthly Highlights.

The Centre for Humanitarian Data, which is managed by OCHA and headquartered in The Hague, is focused on increasing the use and impact of data in the humanitarian sector.