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Haiti - Vaccination : More than 900 solar refrigerators to keep vaccines cold
16/07/2021 09:31:32

Haiti - Vaccination : More than 900 solar refrigerators to keep vaccines cold
In order to accelerate the next vaccination campaign against Covid-19, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is working tirelessly to improve transport, increase mass communication and strengthen the cold chain throughout the Haitian territory.

In almost all health centers in Haiti, UNICEF teams have installed solar refrigerators, more than 900 in total, to keep vaccines at the right temperature https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34237-haiti-covid-500-000-vaccines-in-haiti-75-of-haitians-do-not-want-to-be-vaccinated.html

Recall that the US Government has delivered a donation of 500,000 doses of vaccine from the Moderna laboratory against COVID-19 hhttps://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34237-haiti-covid-500-000-vaccines-in-haiti-75-of-haitians-do-not-want-to-be-vaccinated.html, as part of the COVAX mechanism and also provided to the Ministry of Health $3 million in financial support and equipment in order to improve its logistical capacity for the storage and distribution of the vaccine and to create means of communication in order to address the question of the reluctance of the population to be vaccinated.

"In the context of Haiti where reluctance to immunize is high, reaching communities with doses of vaccine does not guarantee that they want to be vaccinated," warned Ms. Jean Gough, Regional Director of UNICEF for Latin America and the Caribbean. According to the preliminary results of a UNICEF-supported perception study conducted by the University of Haiti in June, only 22% of all Haitians would agree to be vaccinated.

UNICEF, in collaboration with the Haitian authorities, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and other partners, has pledged to make additional efforts to meet the need for vaccines in Haiti until the groups the most vulnerable of the population are protected against Covid-19.

"As the vaccines hit the tarmac at Port-au-Prince airport, our most difficult work on the ground has only just begun," said Ms. Gough warning "Unless each of those 500,000 doses make it through quickly and safely to the Haitian people, the Covid-19 vaccines will not help save Haitian lives and curb the spread of the pandemic in the Americas."

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