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Haiti receives first shipments of cholera vaccines: WHO

The WHO said the vaccination campaign was set to start in the next few days and would initially target children from one-year old in the worst-hit areas of the Ouest and Centre Departments

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Haiti has received more than one million doses of oral cholera vaccines as it battles a worsening cholera outbreak that has been particularly deadly for children, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

The WHO said the vaccination campaign was set to start in the next few days and would initially target children from one-year old in the worst-hit areas of the Ouest and Centre Departments.

“We hope this first shipment will be followed by others so that the vaccine is available to all populations at risk in Haiti,” said Lauré Adrien, Director General, Ministry of Public Health and Population, Haiti.

The 1.17 million doses of the vaccine Evichol were provided by the International Coordinating Group on vaccine provision which manages an emergency stockpile. Another 500,000 doses are expected in the next few weeks.

Edits by EP News Bureau

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