Americans need to understand the Middle East
How much do we really know?

At The Media Line, we value all points of view and aim to mend our differences through fact-based narrative-inclusive journalism Help support our bold and brave team in Afghanistan, Gaza, Israel, Palestinian Territories, the UAE, and beyond.
Help us continue our work and provide access to the news that matters to you.

Thank you and best wishes to you and yours for this Jewish New Year.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President
Yemen Gets First COVID-19 Vaccines Amid 2nd Wave of Pandemic
A COVID-19 patient is treated at a hospital in Taez, Yemen, March 30, 2021. (Ahmad al-Basha/AFP via Getty Images)

Yemen Gets First COVID-19 Vaccines Amid 2nd Wave of Pandemic

Yemen received its first COVID-19 vaccines on Wednesday when 360,000 doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine arrived by plane in Aden. This consignment was provided by the global COVAX vaccine-sharing scheme, which includes plans to eventually bring 1.9 million doses to the war-torn Arab country. A week ago, Yemen’s internationally recognized government declared a health emergency in response to a second wave of the pandemic, which has, to date, killed a reported 882 people in Yemen. With only 140 confirmed cases and 29 reported deaths per million population, Yemen could be considered doing relatively well. But most citizens in this poverty-stricken country, ravaged by six years of civil and proxy war and economic collapse, have access to only the most rudimentary medical facilities, and the UN and aid agencies assume the true figures are much higher. Testing and treatment are extremely limited; areas under control of the Iranian-backed Houthi movement, including most large urban centers, have provided no COVID-19 figures since May 2020. The COVAX vaccines will be distributed across the country for free, a spokesman for Yemen’s Health Ministry said last week. More shots are expected to arrive in May 2021. COVAX is co-led by the GAVI alliance, which arranges for poor countries to get access to the vaccine, the World Health Organization, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations and UNICEF, the UN Children’s Fund.

Give the Gift of Trusted News!

Dear friends,

The Media Line is always there to report to you the stories and issues of the Middle East – completely and in context: TML is the source you can trust.

Know The Media Line to Know The Middle East!

Please support our ad-free, nonprofit news agency. Our seasoned journalists reporting from the Middle East are working day and night during these challenging, yet defining times; and our student interns are honing their knowledge and skills, preparing to emerge as tomorrow’s journalists.

You rely on us and we’re relying on you! Make your online tax-deductible donation here and contact us regarding donations through appreciated stock, donor advised funds, qualifying IRA distributions and other charitable instruments.

Thank you for confidence in The Media Line.
 
Felice Friedson
Founder, President

Invest in the
Trusted Mideast
News source.
We are on the
front lines.

Personalize Your News
Upgrade your experience by choosing the categories that matter most to you.
Click on the icon to add the category to your Personalize news
Browse Categories and Topics
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.
Wake up to the Trusted Mideast News source Mideast Daily News Email
By subscribing, you agree to The Media Line terms of use and privacy policy.