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Haiti Receives First COVID-19 Vaccine Doses from U.S.

The Biden administration delivered 500,000 doses of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine to Haiti on Wednesday — the first the Caribbean nation has seen since the global vaccine rollout began in earnest late last year.

The country, also currently in the throes of political upheaval after its president was assassinated on July 7, is the only one in Latin America and the Caribbean — and one of five in the world — that hasn’t begun administering vaccines, said the World Health Organization, McClatchy reported.

“Today, thanks to the U.S. commitment to playing a leading role in ending the pandemic everywhere, 500,000 doses of Moderna arrived in Haiti from the United States,” a Biden administration official told McClatchy. “The United States will send a significant amount of additional doses to Haiti soon.”

Haiti has reported 19,374 coronavirus cases and 487 related deaths so far during the pandemic, according to McClatchy.

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