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PAHO: Haiti Still Not Ready To Receive COVID-19 Vaccines As Delays Drag On

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine doses
The European Union's drug regulator on Wednesday announced its findings into the possible connection between AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clots.

While most countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have begun administering COVID-19 vaccines, Haiti still has not completed the necessary steps to receive a single shot, the Pan American Health Organization acknowledged Wednesday.

“Haiti is still in the process to finalize the arrangements that all the other countries have made to be able to receive these vaccines,” said Dr. Jarbas Barbosa, assistant director of PAHO. “Haiti is not paying for these vaccines but the country needs to make some legal and administrative arrangements.”

PAHO did not provide further details on the holdup. Prior to receiving vaccines, Haiti’s health ministry needs to ensure that all measures are in place, like the training of personnel, logistics including storage and surveillance, as well as authorizing the import of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Read more at our news partner the Miami Herald.