Haiti is going to donate 250 thousand vaccines against the COVID-19 that are about to expire, through the Covax mechanism, reported this Thursday the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO).
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The Haitian Ministry of Health decided to transfer the doses to Honduras, which were produced by Moderna, because they expire on November 6 and it does not have time to administer them.
In exchange, the Caribbean country will receive an additional 100,000 doses at the end of October, to guarantee the continuity of its vaccination plan, a PAHO spokesperson told Efe in an email.
The donated doses represent half of the cargo that Haiti received last July from the United States and that served to start the vaccination plan.
Currently, Haiti is the country in America with the lowest percentage of vaccinated population, something that is due both to the limited capacity to administer the doses and to the lack of interest of the population to receive the serum.
To date, 27,35 Haitians have completed immunization, including 26,694 with two doses of Moderna and 341 with Janssen’s single-dose formula.
The total number of people who have received at least one dose of Moderna amounts to 69 thousand 38, according to data from the Ministry of Public Health.
According to official figures, Haiti accumulates 641 deaths and 124,036 infections since the arrival of the coronavirus in the country in March 2020.
With information from EFE