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Haiti - COVID-19 : The Omicron variant may already be in Haiti
29/12/2021 09:31:46

Haiti - COVID-19 : The Omicron variant may already be in Haiti
The arrival of the Omicron variant in Haiti is more than likely, according to Lauré Adrien, Director General of the Ministry of Health "We have learned that the Dominican authorities confirmed two imported cases of the Omicron variant on their territory, which logically means that its arrival here is more than probable and perhaps sooner than we think."

He underlines that despite the context in Haiti, marked by the almost general neglect of the Haitian population in the face of the covid-19 pandemic, the Haitian authorities are monitoring the possible arrival of Omicron "Since the announcement of the appearance of this new variant, the National Laboratory has selected samples for sequencing in one of the reference laboratories of the Pan American Health Organization [...] to date we have not received any results confirming the existence of the omicron variant in the submitted samples." Adding "[...] the precautionary measures with Omicron always remain the same, they deserve to be respected more strictly, since this variant is more contagious and more likely to be transmitted."

It is very possible that the Omicron variant is already present in Haiti but has not been detected due to the very low screening carried out in the country (149,525 tests since March 19, 2020 throughout the country Haitian, against nearly 2.6 million among our Dominican neighbors).

The Ministry of Public Health claims that there would have been only 2 new cases of Covid-10 (Delta) in 24 hours in Haiti on December 24, 2021. Note that the average of the last 14 days is slightly less than 8 new cases per day (7.92) nationally. (Latest data available). One shouldn't believe from reading these figures that there is no Covid epidemic in Haiti ? https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35586-haiti-diaspora-covid-19-daily-bulletin-648.html , many scientists agree that the numbers in Haiti are vastly underestimated and do not reflect reality.

In addition, in addition to non-compliance with all barrier measures, to prevent the spread of the virus, the population also refuses to be vaccinated https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34990-haiti-covid-vaccination-failure-haiti-will-his-exchange-expired-vaccines.html

As of December 17, 2021 (latest official data available from the Ministry) only 122,239 Haitians (1.05% of the population) received a 1st dose of "Spikevax" vaccine from the MODERNA Laboratory since July 16, 2021, date of the first injection to through 149 open vaccination centers https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-35051-haiti-covid-19-list-of-149-vaccination-centers-open-in-the-country.html and 72,102 Haitians are fully vaccinated (2 doses, 0.62% of the population). Results that the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) of the office of the Americas region finds unacceptable https://www.haitilibre.com/en/news-34766-haiti-covid-19-paho-considers-totally-unacceptable-the-low-vaccination-rate-in-haiti.html

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

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