As the cholera endemic continues unabated, the Ministry of Health recently received two million cholera vaccine doses – the first to reach the country since the outbreak was declared in September.
As cholera cases rise and water supplies dwindle, the Syrian government recently began operating a new water desalination plant in the Hassakeh governorate in an effort to provide potable water to residents. The plants are only meant to be used in cases of emergency, i.e. in a situation of a dramatic shortage in water supplies, likely to preserve underground water reserves. So far, the government has only activated fifteen out of the twenty plants.
Last week, the government raised the prices of pharmaceutical drugs produced by the public sector after authorising the private sector to increase its prices in February.
Last year, the total number of COVID-19 cases in all of Syria increased by 354 percent compared with 2020, while only a fraction of the population has been fully or partially vaccinated, according to the World Health Organisation. Meanwhile, Syria’s vaccination rate remains one of the lowest in the region.
The Syrian government recently approved a 30 percent increase in the prices of locally produced medicines in a concession to manufacturers who have threatened to halt production since the deterioration of the Syrian pound has decimated their profits.

The Syrian government has ordered its ministries to temporarily close and/or reduce working hours to a minimum until April 15, as a third wave of the coronavirus pandemic sweeps over the country. The government said the decision on April 04 was in response to the accelerating spread of the pandemic as well as fuel shortages.