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Haiti aims to get only 756,000 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines

Haiti hopes to receive up to 756,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by next month through a United Nations program.

The free doses were scheduled to arrive in May at the latest, but delays are expected because the health Minister missed a deadline and the key Indian manufacturer is now prioritizing an increase in domestic demand.

“The Haitian government has only recently completed some of the essential documentation that are prerequisites for processing of a shipping order,” said Vaccine distribution alliance Gavi.

The country also didn’t apply for a pilot program in which it would have received some of its allotted doses early, according to the Pan American Health Organization. However, a spokeswoman commended its other pandemic efforts, including reinforcing hospital preparedness.

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