Today, Tuesday, the vaccination campaign against Covid-19 began in Yemeni government-controlled areas, three weeks after the first shipment of the “Kovacs” global vaccination program arrived in the country.
The vaccination campaign was launched in the southern port city of Aden and the seat of the internationally recognized Yemeni government, where the Minister of Health and the representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund “UNICEF” in Yemen Philip Douamel received a dose to show confidence in the vaccine.
Ishraq Al-Sebaei, who works for the Supreme National Committee to confront the Corona epidemic in Yemen, said that the distribution of the vaccine today, Tuesday, included only government-controlled areas, adding that ten thousand doses are being sent to Sana’a through the World Health Organization.
On March 31, Yemen received 360 thousand doses of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine, which represent part of a share of “Kovacs”, which is expected to total 1.9 million doses this year.
Since mid-February, there has been a massive increase in confirmed and suspected cases in Yemen, which places additional burdens on a health system that has been torn apart by war, economic collapse and a recent decline in humanitarian aid.