UNICEF plane landed in Sana’a airport today with lifesaving vaccines for children in Yemen

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On 25 November 2017, a shipment of vaccines is delivered to the Sana’a International airport, bringing in15 tonnes of BCG, Penta and PCV vaccine supplies to protect Yemeni children from diseases such as diphtheria and tetanus. © UNICEF/Madhok

SANA’A/AMMAN/NEW YORK, 25 November 2017 - A UNICEF-chartered aircraft carrying lifesaving vaccines has landed in Sana’a airport earlier today.

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.

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Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, +1917 209 1804,
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa, +962 79 867 4628,