The Haitian government has declined to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
A government source said that the government has refused to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine due to “the global turmoil surrounding it”, believing that the people of the country “will not accept it.”
The Haitian authorities have asked the WHO to send the country vaccines from other laboratories, but the organization for the moment is “recalcitrant” to propose an alternative and tries to “put pressure” on Haiti by telling the authorities that “the deadlines are coming to an end. ”
“Since it’s a gift, they want to impose it on us. Countries that have better systems than us have a hard time managing it, ”said this source.
Haiti has the capacity to receive the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines and does not have the necessary refrigeration systems for the Pfizer vaccine.
In the first round of Covax vaccine allocation, 756,000 doses manufactured by the Serum Institute of India under license from AstraZeneca were allocated to Haiti.
Recall that so far, only 12,732 cases of Covid-19 and 251 deaths have been confirmed in the country, according to official statistics.