In a follow-up on the blockade instituted earlier this month by the Saudi-led coalition, which blocked the delivery of vital humanitarian assistance to children in desperate need in Yemen, UNICEF reports that the first aircraft carrying lifesaving vaccines has landed in Sana’a airport earlier today.

Image/UNICEF Twitter
Image/UNICEF Twitter

The aircraft carried 1.9 million doses of vaccines. The vaccines will reach 600,000 children in a nation-wide vaccination campaign all over Yemen. The campaign aims at immunizing children against diseases including diphtheria, whooping cough, tuberculosis, pneumonia and meningitis.

The vaccines arrive at a critical time for Yemeni children as stocks were rapidly running out, increasing the risk for more children to fall sick or even die. Already, across Yemen today, a child dies already every 10 minutes of preventable causes.

Girls and boys in Yemen look forward to the arrival of more urgently needed humanitarian supplies.