Yemen’s QVID committee has called on the government to declare a “public health emergency” amid rising infections.
War-torn Yemen has received its first shipment of the Covid-19 vaccine, a week after the country’s children’s coronavirus committee warned of a “public health emergency”, the UN children’s agency said.
The AstraGeneca vaccines will “enable health workers and other priority people at risk of covid-19 to be protected from the virus,” UNICEF said in a statement on Wednesday.
UN and government officials have received doses in the southern city of Aden, which has been the temporary capital for the past six years due to clashes between the Sanaa-controlled government and Houthi rebels.
UNICEF added that this first batch is part of the 1.9 million doses that Yemen will receive by 2021.
Last week, Yemen’s coronavirus committee called on the government to declare public health a “state of emergency.” Increased infection.
It called for the implementation of a “partial curfew” and the closure of wedding ceremonies, shopping centers and prayers outside mosques.
Doctors Without Borders (Medicines Sans Frontieres, or MSF) has warned that the number of severe COVD-19 patients is on the rise across the country, calling for help from donor countries and specialized groups.
The MSF “is seeing a dramatic influx of critically ill Cowvid-19 patients for hospitalization in Eden, Yemen and other parts of the country,” the medical charity said.
“We urge all medical humanitarian agencies already present in Yemen to expedite their Cavid-19 emergency response,” said Rafael Wecht, head of the country’s MSF.
Yemen has officially infected more than 4,000 of its 30 million people, of whom 6,633 have died – but experts say the actual number is likely to be much higher.
UNICEF Representative Philip Duamel said on Wednesday, “The presence of a dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is an important moment for Yemen.
“As COVID-19 continues to demand life around the world, Yemen now has the power to protect those at risk, including health workers, so that they can safely continue life-saving activities for children and families.”
The country has been embroiled in a devastating war for more than six years The gates of famine. Its healthcare system is destroyed.
Adham Ismail, a representative of the World Health Organization in Yemen, said the shipment of the vaccine was a significant step.
“It will help save lives and protect the health system, including those at the highest risk of serious disease,” Ismail said.
“These safe and effective vaccines will be game changers but for the future we must wear masks, keep physical distance and avoid crowds.”
The Saudi-led military coalition intervened in 2015 to form a government, and since then thousands of people have died in the conflict, most of them civilians and millions have been displaced.
The United Nations has called the situation in Yemen the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.