Yemen sends back vaccines found to violate international safety standards

Yemen sends back vaccines found to violate international safety standards

The Ministry of Public Health and Population of the National Salvation Government has on Tuesday returned a shipment of rotavirus vaccines for children under one year, provided by UNICEF, due to the fact that they were found to violate international standards.

“The shipment arrived at Sana’a International Airport on August 13, and contains 30 packages with a quantity of 492,000 doses,” said Taha Al-Aqari, director of the vaccines department in the immunisation program.

After shipment arrived at the central vaccination stores, all doses were examined and it was found that the vaccine index was at the second level, which is considered contrary to international standards, Al-Aqari added.

He pointed out that the results were sent to the Health Ministry’s leadership, and then a report was submitted to UNICEF in a timely manner, informing them of the shipment situation.

The Health Ministry’s leadership eventually took the decision to return the shipment of vaccines.

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