Curfew Extended As Haiti Awaits COVID-19 Vaccine

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Curfew Extended As Haiti Awaits COVID-19 Vaccine

On Wednesday, The Government of Haiti has declared the burden of another nightly curfew and other restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19 as they anticipate delivery of the 756,000 AstraZeneca vaccine dosages arranged through a United Nations program.

Haiti currently faces the dilemma as the French-speaking nation still doesn’t have vaccines to administer to its 11 million population. Health specialists are concerned that the well-being of Haitians is being pushed aside as violence and political flimsiness in the country deepens.

“We are all working hard with the government of Haiti, the Ministry of Health and other stakeholders so that Haiti can receive vaccines as soon as possible,” said Dr. Ciro Ugarte, director of health emergencies for the Pan American Health Organization, the WHO’s Americas branch.

The free doses were scheduled to arrive in May at the latest, but delays are expected because delays are normal since Haiti missed a cutoff time and the key Indian producer is currently focusing on an expansion in domestic interest.

Haiti is among 10 nations in the Americas that will get vaccines at no expense through COVAX, a drive to give COVID-19 vaccinations to nations that would somehow experience issues getting them.

Consequently, all outdoor activity will be banned from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m. under the decree issued by President Jovenel Moise.

The declaration likewise makes the use of face masks mandatory for anyone out in public, while temperature checks and handwashing stations are required for all public or private buildings, such as banks, schools, hospitals, and markets. Social distancing in public places is set at nearly 5 feet.

The president also requested public institutions to lessen staff on the job by 50%,  while he encouraged that other employees work from home.

As indicated by official government statistics, Haiti has had 13,906 Covid cases since the pandemic started in March 2020 and 288 deaths identified with COVID-19. However, a new surge in daily cases of contagion has prompted authorities to declare a state of emergency.