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Haiti Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses From The U.S. Amid Political Crisis

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A Haitian hospital worker in Port-au-Prince carries an oxygen tank for COVID-19 patients this week.

The Biden administration delivered 500,000 doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines to Haiti on Wednesday, hoping to provide relief to the Caribbean nation roiled by the coronavirus pandemic and an ongoing political crisis.

Haiti was the only country in Latin America and the Caribbean — and one of five in the world, according to the World Health Organization — where the government had not yet administered one jab of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Officials with the Biden administration and the Pan American Health Organization said the shipment arrived in Haiti at a facility run by COVAX, an international organization working to guarantee access to coronavirus vaccines.

Read more from our news partner at The Miami Herald.