In this photo from files taken on Wednesday, July. 12, 2017, people fill buckets with water from a well that is alleged to be contaminated water with the bacterium Vibrio cholera, on the outskirts of Sanaa, Yemen. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed, File)
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The World Health Organization's emergencies chief says the agency could have acted faster and sent more vaccines to fight a massive, deadly surge of cholera cases in war-battered Yemen this year.Salama spoke to reporters Tuesday as the U.N. agency and its partners laid out ambitious projects to reduce the number of annual cholera deaths by 90 percent by 2030 .Yemen had been set to receive a million doses of cholera vaccine over the summer but the government opted not to take them.I think so -- yes," Salama said.He added that allowing cholera to persist in poor countries was a "moral" issue, noting that developed countries eliminated the disease a century ago.
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