Over 50,000 people vaccinated against Covid-19 in Yemen
As many as 53587 people have been vaccinated against the novel coronavirus in areas under the control of Yemen’s internationally recognized government, according to Undersecretary of Yemen’s Health Ministry Ali Al Walidi.
“10261 medics, 10851 elderly people, and 32495 others have been vaccinated against Covid-19,” Al Walidi was quoted by government-owned Saba Net News Agency on Monday.
Al Walidi added that the ministry is now aiming to vaccinate those who are due to travel outside the country.
On April 20, a coronavirus vaccination campaign, scheduled to be implemented in 13 Yemeni provinces at several stages, began in Aden ___ Yemen’s interim capital.
The campaign was initiated three weeks after Yemen received its first 360,000-dose shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the United Nations-backed COVAX initiative.
Early this year, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, announced that Yemen was allocated about 2,316,000 doses of University of Oxford and AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines through the COVAX facility.
The OVAX distribution of COVID-19 vaccines is believed to greatly alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people who are vulnerable to diseases and are on the verge of famine due to the war. However, a recent report released by Reuters indicated that only a few people have shown interest in the COVID-19 vaccine.