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Latter-Day Saint Church Gives $20M To Help Global Vaccine Distribution

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints announced Friday that it donated $20 million dollars to UNICEF, a program aimed at distributing COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries around the world.According to a press release, the donation from the church’s humanitarian arm, Latter-day Saint Charities, is helping UNICEF deliver over 2 billion vaccine doses to about 196 countries by the end of 2021. The vaccines are intended for frontline workers, social workers and people who are vulnerable or at high risk.


The church tweeted Friday, saying it’s important to help and “reach out to those in need” as we continue to struggle through the pandemic. 


Last year, the church donated $3 million dollars to contribute to UNICEF’s COVID-19 response that provided water and sanitation services to those in need. 


Tyler Hewitt is the web/social media assistant at UPR. He writes stories every day, updates the website and manages the station's Twitter and Facebook pages. Tyler is a senior at Utah State University and is studying public relations, marketing, and psychology. He loves to write, listen to music, play video games, play tennis and hang out with his fiancé and cat, Juno. He is a great plant dad and recently started collecting vinyl records!