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Haiti - COVID : 500,000 vaccines in Haiti, 75% of Haitians do not want to be vaccinated
15/07/2021 10:06:20

Haiti - COVID : 500,000 vaccines in Haiti, 75% of Haitians do not want to be vaccinated
On Wednesday, Haiti received 500,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccine from the MODERNA Laboratory, a vaccine called "Spikevax" (since June 21, 2021), a donation from the United States under the COVAX mechanism. Moderna vaccines are in the central cold chain of the Ministry of Public Health in the area of ​​Toussaint Louverture international airport.

"The Department of Public Health and Population expresses its gratitude to the United States Government for this gesture of solidarity and mutual aid. These vaccines will be administered free of charge to the Haitian population," said Dr Marie Gréta Roy Clément, Minister of Public Health. This delivery will allow the Ministry to start the anti-COVID vaccination campaign with the guarantee that other vaccines should gradually arrive in the country.

"The arrival of this batch of vaccines is a positive development in Haiti's current fight against the epidemic [...]" said Dr Maureen Birmingham, PAHO/WHO representative in Haiti.

United States Ambassador to Haiti Michele Sison said : "On behalf of the United States government, I am pleased that we are able to provide the first delivery of Moderna Covid-19 vaccine to the Haitian people [...] this effort reflects our long-standing commitment to the health of Haitian citizens. In these difficult times, we remain a partner of the Haitian people in building a more stable and secure Haiti, including in its fight against COVID-19."

According to Bruno Maes, UNICEF Representative in Haiti, "Our role now is to keep vaccines in appropriate storage conditions, from the airport to their use in all departments of the country. With the level of misinformation around vaccines, this vaccination campaign will not be easy."

There are many challenges :

Delicate maintain of the cold chain :
Shelf life of vaccines is a maximum of 7 months between -15 and -25°C (before expiration)
The unopened vial can be stored in the refrigerator at 2-8°C, protected from light, for up to 30 days. During this period, the maximum time for transporting the vaccine in liquid state is 12 hours at 2°C to 8°C.
The unopened vial can be stored at 8°C to 25°C for a maximum of 24 hours after removal from the refrigerator .
Thawed and before dilution storage 2 hours maximum at room temperature (maximum 30°C).
After dilution, storage for 6 hours maximum between 2 and 30°C.

Convince the population :
76% of the Haitian population declares that they would refuse to be vaccinated if the vaccine against Covid-19 was available in Haiti according to the survey of "Safitek Research" carried out between the 5th and the 19th April 2021

Download the survey from "Safitek Research" : https://www.haitilibre.com/docs/Safitek-COVID-19-2021-FR.pdf

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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