One million cholera vaccine doses have been approved to be shipped to Yemen, according to an Associated Press report.
The report states: WHO said the 1 million doses for Yemen were approved on June 15 by the International Coordinating Group, which manages vaccine stocks and includes the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance along with WHO. Such a shipment would be the largest since 1 million doses were sent to Haiti after Hurricane Matthew last fall — and would amount to about half of the usual world stockpile, which would then be replenished.
Since Apr. 27, 185,301 suspected cholera cases and 1,233 deaths (CFR: 0.7%) have been reported in 87% (20/23) of Yemen governorates, and 85% (284/333) of the districts.
The four most affected governorates were Amanat Al Asimah, Al Hudaydah, Amran and Hajjah with 49.6% (91 988/185 301) of the cases reported.
Some 27% of suspected cholera cases have been reported among 15 to 29 year olds, making them the most affected age group, followed by children of five to 14 years of age (23% of the cases).
One third of the associated deaths (31.3%) have been reported among those aged over 60.
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