In the year after the pandemic began, there was no vaccine in Haiti that could provide vaccines to more than 11 million people. This raised concerns among health experts that as violence and political unrest across the country deepened, the health of Haitians was thrown away. On the side.
So far, through a United Nations plan to ensure that the poorest countries have access to the Covid-1
“When the Vaccine Alliance was first established, Haiti had only recently completed some basic documents, which was a prerequisite for processing transportation orders.” The Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership based in Geneva that is co-managing the Covax operation supported by the United Nations.
The Pan American Health Organization stated that the country did not apply for the pilot program because the program would have received some of the allocated doses as soon as possible. However, a spokesperson praised its efforts in other pandemics, including strengthening hospital preparations.
At the same time, a human rights research center cited in the new report of the US State Department found that the Haitian government misappropriated more than $1 million worth of coronavirus aid. The report also accused government officials of spending $34 million on “maximum opacity,” while bypassing the agency responsible for approving state contracts.
Lauré Adrien, general manager of the Haitian Ministry of Health, attributed the vaccine delay to the review of AstraZeneca’s vaccines, and worried that the country lacks the necessary infrastructure to ensure proper vaccine storage, adding that his Institutions prefer single-dose vaccines. AstraZeneca requires two doses.
“It’s no secret that we don’t have first-class protection facilities,” he said. “We want to ensure that all parameters are under control before receiving vaccine stocks.”
Adrian also pointed out that all payments received by his agency had been properly spent, but said he was unable to speak on behalf of other agencies. The presidential spokesperson did not respond to comment.
Many poorer countries have experienced a long wait to obtain the Covax vaccine, as richer countries snapped up supplies, although most countries have received at least the first shipment. Some people take matters into their own hands and make sure to shoot through donations and private transactions.
Haiti lacks vaccines because it has reported more than 12,700 cases and 250 deaths. Experts believe this number is underestimated.
The continuing protests and the surge in kidnappings and gang-related killings make it strange how any vaccines will be given given the lack of stability and the growing fear of leaving their homes.
Perception is still a huge challenge.
Although companies in Haiti still have to use masks, airport closures and curfews have long since been lifted, and other preventive measures are rare.
“People don’t really believe in the coronavirus,” said Esther Racine, a 26-year-old mother with two boys. His father was killed in the 2010 earthquake.
Racine used to work as a maid, but started selling masks at the beginning of the pandemic, making the business prosperous, with about 800 sales per month. Now, she can hardly sell 200.
“Look around,” she said, amidst a maskless crowd in downtown Port-au-Prince. She said that the only customers today are those who need masks to enter the nearby grocery store, adding that Haitians have other problems in their minds: “People are worried about violence, not viruses.”