Debate Over Efficacy, Available Doses Of Cholera Vaccine, Concerns Over WASH Conditions Slow Immunization Campaign In Yemen
IRIN: What’s really stopping a cholera vaccination campaign in Yemen?
“…The [previous cholera vaccination] plan was soon walked back, amidst questions about the vaccine’s efficacy at such an advanced stage in the outbreak, as well as — IRIN can now report — concerns about the number of doses available. But aid agencies, technical experts, and health ministries from the country’s two warring governments are once again in talks about how vaccines might help prevent cholera, particularly into 2018, when heavy rains are expected by March and experts fear a new wave of the disease. … Vaccines apart, officials from both health ministries [in Aden and Sana’a] emphasized that other major factors are vital to tackling the ongoing outbreak: improving water, sanitation, and hygiene conditions that have been decimated by war…” (Slemrod/Almosama, 10/17).