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Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines in Yemen are ‘recreation changer and milestone’, says UN – World News , Firstpost

On Wednesday, Yemen acquired 3,60,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped through the COVAX facility, the UNICEF stated in a press release

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United Nations: The cargo of three,60,000 Made-in-India COVID-19 vaccines that arrived in Yemen, as a part of the primary batch of 1.9 million doses it should obtain all year long, is a “game changer” and a “milestone” within the struggle in opposition to the pandemic within the nation, well being officers have stated.

Yemen on Wednesday acquired 360,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses shipped through the COVAX Facility, a partnership between the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, UNICEF and the World Health Organization (WHO), UNICEF stated in a press release.

The AstraZeneca vaccines are licensed and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and can allow well being staff and different precedence populations weak to COVID-19 to be protected in opposition to the virus, it stated.

The 3,60,000 doses arrived with 13,000 security bins and 1,300,000 syringes which might be vital for the protected and efficient roll-out of the vaccination marketing campaign. This first batch is a part of 1.9 million doses that Yemen will initially obtain all through 2021.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had tweeted: “Arrival in Aden. Made in India vaccines land in Yemen, with the hashtag VaccineMaitri’.”

UNICEF Representative Philippe Duamelle and WHO Representative Dr Adham Ismail took supply of the vaccines in Aden, along with the Minister of Health and Population Dr Qasim Buhaibeh, and the Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population Dr Ali Alwaleedi.

“The arrival of the COVID-19 vaccine doses is a vital second for Yemen,” Duamelle stated.

“As COVID-19 continues to assert lives all over the world, Yemen now has the capability to guard these most in danger, together with well being staff, in order that they will safely proceed to supply life-saving interventions for kids and households. Vaccines work, vaccines save lives, now let’s begin getting individuals vaccinated,” he added.

Ismail stated the cargo represents an vital step within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 in Yemen.

“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 stated.

Rehan Hafiz, Senior Country Manager Yemen, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance expressed delight that Sana’a has acquired its first COVAX vaccine doses.

“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 stated, including that their work is barely starting, however the arrival of the primary COVAX COVID-19 doses is a significant milestone for Yemen.

COVAX, the vaccines pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator, is co-led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi) and the World Health Organization (WHO) working in partnership with UNICEF as key implementing associate, in addition to civil society organisations, vaccine producers, the World Bank, and others.

Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Stephane Dujarric additionally informed reporters in the course of the day by day press briefing that Yemen acquired 360,000 vaccine doses shipped through the COVAX Facility.

These vaccines, licensed and manufactured by the Serum Institute of India, will allow well being staff and different weak populations to be protected in opposition to the virus, he stated.

Dujarric stated the primary batch of vaccines together with 13,000 security bins and 1,300,000 syringes are vital for the protected and efficient roll-out of the vaccination marketing campaign within the nation. Nearly 2 million doses are anticipated for Yemen this yr, he stated.

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