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


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

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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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