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Over 934,000 Somalis Receive First Dose of Oral Cholera Vaccine

More than 934,000 people in Somalia have received the first dose of the oral cholera vaccine.

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed the pleasant news to the public on Thursday, June 23.

WHO officials announced that 934,511 Somalis have received the vaccine.

The youngest recipients of the vaccine were children aged 1 year. Pregnant women also turned up for the vaccination exercise.

According to WHO, the vaccination campaign is possible through partnerships with the federal Ministry of Health.

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance have also partnered with the global health body to vaccinate the most vulnerable individuals.

While providing details on the vaccination, WHO said that early health interventions are necessary especially now that the ongoing drought continues to place many people at risk.