Yemen launches new vaccination drive against Cholera

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Yemen has launched a massive vaccination drive against cholera to target 500,000 women, children and men in and around Hudaydah, a Houthi held port city and target of continued air strikes by the Saudi-led coalition.

The waterborne disease is spreading in the city, through the docks of which 70 per cent of all humanitarian aid and food imports pass through, a year after the biggest cholera outbreak the country ever witnessed killed 2,000 people.

As of Monday, about 88,000 thousand people had been vaccinated, as part of the second of the three-phase vaccination drive led by the World Health Organization and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

While the civil war in Yemen started in 2011,  it got intensified in March 2015, following a military intervention of an international coalition led by Saudi Arabia.

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