Therapy Areas: Vaccines
Oxfam accuses international community of failing Yemen on COVID-19 vaccines
22 September 2021 -

Non profit organisation Oxfam has stated that the international community has failed to live up to its promises to help civilians in Yemen, where fewer than 1% of the population has received one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, BBC News reported on Wednesday.

The charity warned that Yemen is battling a third wave of COVID-19, with recorded cases tripling and the death rate rising more than fivefold in the last month.

According to Oxfam, the figures do not include undiagnosed deaths of people in their homes, due to the scarcity of tests and hospital beds, or deaths in the country's north west, where health authorities controlled by the rebel Houthi movement do not release COVID-19 related data.

COVAX, the global facility to deliver COVID-19 vaccines to poorer countries, has so far delivered just 12% of the 4.2 million doses it has promised Yemen, Oxfam said.

Muhsin Siddiquey, Oxfam's country director for Yemen, has reportedly accused the UK and Germany of continuing to block proposals to share vaccine technology to enable manufacturers in developing countries to make more of their own.