Yemen Begins COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign

Yemen began the first round of its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on April 20 in the government’s interim capital of Aden.

The 12-day campaign started in the government-held parts of Aden, three weeks after the war-stricken country received 360,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from COVAX, a global initiative aimed to provide COVID-19 vaccines to low- and middle-income countries.

Yemen’s United Nations Children’s Fund Representative Philippe Duamelle and Health Minister Wasim Buhaibeh were among those who received the shots first to show confidence on the vaccine, which faces reports of rare but fatal blood clot cases among its recipients.

“The launch of the campaign against the coronavirus is an important day in Yemen’s history,” Duamelle said.

“So, now the vaccines are available in Yemen. The campaign is rolling to protect people. So, it is important now people come forward,” Duamelle further said.

According to Duamelle, frontline workers, the elderly, and those with certain health problems will be prioritized to receive the vaccine.

Buhaibeh reportedly said that the first round of the campaign is a step towards reaching the government’s goal of administering 12 million vaccines by the end of the year.

The campaign aims to vaccinate 317,363 people in 133 districts across 13 Yemeni governorates under the internationally recognized government of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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