360,000 Made-in-India products were delivered. According to health officials, the COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in Yemen as part of the first batch of 1.9 million doses it will receive during the year are a “game changer” and a “milestone” in the country’s battle against the pandemic.
Yemen collected 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses on Wednesday, according to UNICEF. The COVAX Facility is a cooperation between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Serum Institute of India has approved and manufactured the AstraZeneca vaccines, which will protect health workers and other priority populations vulnerable to COVID-19, according to the company.
The 360,000 doses came with 13,000 safety boxes and 1,300,000 syringes, which are vital for the vaccine campaign’s safe and effective rollout. This first batch is part of a total of 1.9 million doses that Yemen will receive in the first half of 2021.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had tweeted: “Arrival in Aden. Made in India vaccines land in Yemen,” along with the hashtag “VaccineMaitri”.
In Aden, UNICEF Representative Philippe Duamelle and WHO Representative Dr Adham Ismail, along with Minister of Health and Population Dr Qasim Buhaibeh and Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population Dr Ali Alwaleedi, received the vaccines.
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“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine doses is a critical moment for Yemen,” Duamelle said.
“As COVID-19 continues to claim lives around the world, Yemen now has the capacity to protect those most at risk, including health workers, so that they can safely continue to provide life-saving interventions for children and families. Vaccines work, vaccines save lives, now let’s start getting people vaccinated,” he added.
“It will help save lives, including those at highest risk of serious disease, and will help protect the health system. These safe and effective vaccines will be a game changer, but for the foreseeable future we must continue wearing masks, physically distance and avoid crowds,” he said.
“We look forward to the launch of the vaccination campaign. Thanks to the work of the Government of Yemen and of the COVAX partners, and with the support of our donors, we are now able to protect our most vulnerable populations,” Hafiz said. He is the Senior Country Manager of Yemen, Gavi. He added that their work is only starting, but the arrival of the first COVAX COVID-19 doses is a huge milestone for Yemen.