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How Pfizer is Responding to the Crisis in Ukraine

Pfizer stands with the unified global community across the public, private, and civil society sectors in opposition to the Russian war in Ukraine and the situation it has created.

Deeply concerned by the human suffering we all are witnessing during the ongoing war in Ukraine, Pfizer is committed to contributing to ongoing humanitarian efforts that support the safety, health, and wellbeing of people affected by these tragic events.

Consistent with our company values, Pfizer is determined to ensure the safety of our colleagues and their families. We are equally determined to facilitate continued access to our medicines and vaccines for patients.

Pfizer is donating the equivalent of all profits of our Russian subsidiary to causes that provide direct humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine.

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We hope for peace. Until then, we will continue to work with partners to evaluate the evolving needs of patients and colleagues so that we can fulfil our purpose and respond to those in need.

Our current efforts include:

  • Pfizer has a cross-functional team of people dedicated to ensuring the safety of our colleagues and contractors based in Ukraine. We remain in close contact during this extremely challenging time, and we continue to provide advice and support.

    At this time, all colleagues have been accounted for and we remain in almost constant contact during this extremely challenging time.

  • We are working hard to facilitate patients’ access to the medicines and vaccines they need. We have established robust and preventative measures as well as flexible routes to help minimize impact on supply to Ukraine. We also continue to manage stock levels of critical medicines to ensure we can serve patients in the country.

    At the same time, we are continuing our collaboration with research partners in the region to mitigate impact to our clinical programs. In the interests of patient safety, we made the necessary decision to pause the recruitment of new participants to clinical trial programs on the outbreak of conflict, and we have focused on maintaining continuity of care for patients actively participating in trials.

    We are actively working with all our clinical trial sites in Ukraine to support them however possible in continuing to support patients and advance medical science. We are truly amazed at the resilience of the Ukrainian trial sites, healthcare professionals, patients, and all those involved—many of whom have continued on their clinical trials as planned despite the challenging situation.

    We are also working with the appropriate channels in the surrounding countries to connect with any displaced participants to facilitate their enrolment onto trial sites in their chosen location.

    We will continue to evaluate the situation and adjust our approach as needed.

  • To date, we have activated several humanitarian efforts and continue to expand our support, mostly through The Pfizer Foundation , a charitable organization founded by Pfizer Inc to address the challenges of a complex and evolving global health landscape.

    Supporting global and local NGOs

    To date, more than $22 million has been donated through The Pfizer Foundation to causes supporting the Ukrainian people. This includes grants derived from Pfizer’s decision to donate the equivalent of profits from our Russian subsidiary to causes that provide direct humanitarian support to the people of Ukraine.

    To date the Foundation has approved grants for 12 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including six local organizations in Poland and Ukraine to support humanitarian relief and response efforts. This includes food security and support services, shelter, education for children, and other pressing needs of the people of Ukraine.

    Our humanitarian relief partners:

    • Crown Agents International Development, Ukraine
    • International Medical Corps
    • International Rescue Committee
    • Polish Center for International Aid Foundation
    • Polish Humanitarian Action
    • Polish-Ukrainian Institute for Relief and Development
    • Save the Children Ukraine Emergency Response
    • Ukrainian Red Cross
    • UNHCR
    • UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Response Fund
    • UNITED 24
    • World Food Program Ukraine Emergency Fund

    Collectively, these partners are on the front lines supporting emergency relief priorities in Ukraine and the immediate needs of displaced populations in surrounding countries now hosting Ukrainian refugees. Their work includes repairing vital infrastructure in Ukraine, restoring and equipping health facilities, and supporting displaced populations to address critical needs including food security and support services, child protection and education, and safe shelter.

    Maximising the generosity of Pfizer colleagues

    Through The Pfizer Foundation, we have also launched the Ukraine Humanitarian Disaster Campaign matching financial donations already made by thousands of Pfizer colleagues around the world to UNICEF, the IRC, Save the Children, the American Red Cross, CARE, Nova Ukraine, and Sunflower of Peace.

    • As of August 2022, more than 4,300 colleagues from nearly 54 countries have donated nearly US $936,000
    • Including The Pfizer Foundation’s dollar-for-dollar match, the total donation is US $1.86 million.
       

    Providing our medicines and vaccines to those that need them

    Pfizer is also responding to the immediate need for access to life-saving medicines through targeted product donations to Ukraine and organisations supporting the Ukrainian people. This includes over 1,000,000 doses of Pfizer products, including lifesaving antibiotics, antifibrinolytics and oncology medicines to help healthcare providers and relief workers treat patients in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

    In partnership with the U.S. Government and USAID, almost 2 million donated doses of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine have also reached Ukraine.

    We are also one of the largest donors to Direct Relief. As part of a broader product donation, we have delivered nearly 200,000 courses of PAXLOVID to Ukraine.

    *The Pfizer Foundation is a charitable organization established by Pfizer Inc. It is a separate legal entity from Pfizer Inc. with distinct legal restrictions