Haiti – FLASH : Haiti accepts AstraZeneca vaccine proposed by WHO
Haiti, one of the 92 low-income countries to have FREE access to vaccines against Covid-19, has finally accepted the vaccine from the Anglo-Swedish laboratory AstraZeneca offered as a donation by the World Health Organization (WHO) via the Covax program, as confirmed by the co-president of the Multisectoral Commission for the management of Covid-19, Dr. Jean William Pape “Yes, Haiti has accepted” stressing that Haiti had never refused to use this vaccine but that the Ministry of Health preferred a single-dose injectable vaccine like that of the Johnson & Johnson laboratories https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-33448-haiti-health-the-minister-of-health-wants-another-vaccine-than-astrazeneca.html . Note that Dr. Pape had declared himself in favor of this vaccine and wished that the Government reconsider its decision https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-33702-haiti-covid-19-dr-pape-wants-the-government-to-reconsider-its-position-on-the-astrazeneca-vaccine.html
A confirmation that comes after Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, head of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) announced that President Jovenel Moïse had informed the WHO that Haiti would accept this vaccine, the day after a statement from the Head of State, alarmed by a significant rebound of Covid-19 in the country (+454 new cases the first two weeks of May, with a more marked increase in the second week).
The Ministry of Public Health addressed a letter to GAVI, the Geneva-based public-private vaccine alliance that runs the COVAX program with WHO confirming that Haiti has agreed to receive the vaccine doses available for Haiti.
Recall that last April, Haiti had “refused” the offer of the WHO to provide an initial donation of 760,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-33423-haiti-flash-haiti-refuses-a-donation-of-756-000-doses-of-the-who-astrazeneca-vaccine.html for fear that the population will reject it after the bad press orchestrated around this vaccine in Europe due to some rare case of atypical thrombosis which would be linked to this vaccine (which is not the only one concerned).
Find out more about COVAX :
Covax is an initiative led by the World Health Organization (WHO) is the result of an extraordinary and unique global collaboration, with more than two-thirds of the world engaged (Governments, World Health Organizations, laboratories, scientists, the private sector, civil society and philanthropy), with the aim of providing innovative and equitable access to COVID-19 diagnostics, treatments and vaccines regardless of people’s wealth.
COVAX has the largest and most diverse portfolio of COVID-19 vaccines in the world, and as such represents the world’s best hope for an early end to this pandemic.
So far COVAX has shipped more than 36 million doses of vaccine to 86 countries as of April 5, according to the UN spokesperson.
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