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"We wish that other countries with more advanced immunization campaigns can take advantage of these vaccines,” Haiti's Pandemic Management Commission stated.
On Wednesday, Haiti’s Multisectoral Pandemic Management Commission (MPMC) announced that it will return 250,000 Moderna vaccines that will expire on Nov. 6 to the COVAX facility since health authorities have not been able to implement a massive immunization campaign.
"We wish that other countries with more advanced immunization campaigns can take advantage of these vaccines,” the MPMC Vice President Jean Pape stated. In return for this devolution, in late October, Haiti will receive 100,000 COVID-19 vaccines that expire in 2022.
As of Oct. 13, only 0,6 of the Haitian population had received a first dose of the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines, and 0,2 percent of the citizenry had been fully immunized against coronavirus.
"Each time, the population finds more excuses to deny the existence of the virus and not get vaccinated," said Pape, recalling that a study conducted in this Caribbean country showed that 87 percent of the inhabitants say they know no COVID-19 case.