Haiti has no Covid vaccine doses as violence looms larger than pandemic

Posted by on April 5, 2021 10:35 am
Categories: Global Stories

  • Caribbean republic’s 11m people have yet to receive a single jab
  • Doses due to arrive in May but delays expected

Haiti does not have a single vaccine to offer its more than 11 million people over a year after the pandemic began, raising concerns among health experts that the wellbeing of Haitians is being pushed aside as violence and political instability across the country deepen.

So far, Haiti is slated to receive only 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine through a United Nations program aimed at ensuring the neediest countries get Covid-19 shots. The free doses were scheduled to arrive in May at the latest, but delays are expected because Haiti missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is now prioritizing an increase in domestic demand.

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