Second Chance for Yemen Vaccines?

Both sides of Yemen’s devastating civil war are reconsidering mass deployment of cholera vaccines to tackle an outbreak that has killed 2,167 since April.
In June, International Coordinating Group pledged 1 million vaccines—but that was deemed inadequate. A delicate operation run by officials from both sides of the conflict, the campaign effort was halted amid concerns that uncertain efficacy of the oral vaccine could erode trust in future campaigns.

Detractors say some vaccines would be better than none. Forecasted heavy rains could worsen the outbreak in 2018 and officials are reconsidering, but weak data on cholera’s hotspots poses challenges to any vaccination campaign.

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