Port-au-Prince, June 24 (EFE) .- Haiti announced Thursday that it had authorized the import of covid-19 vaccines to “regularly registered” pharmaceutical companies, a few days before the arrival of the first shipment of doses to the Caribbean country.
“It is now possible to obtain authorization to import stocks of vaccines to allow those who wish to access the covid-19 vaccine as quickly as possible,” the Ministry of Public Health said in a statement. .
The agency said it had launched an accelerated procedure for processing import permit applications.
Among the documents required are a certified copy of the authorization for emergency use of vaccines issued by the country of origin, the original of the certificate of analysis by product and by batch, the vaccination plan, information on the composition of the medical team in charge. and the list of vaccines to be imported.
“The ministry reserves the right to monitor the vaccination centers and to close them if the safety rules for the personnel and the population are not respected”, adds the information.
At a press conference held a few hours earlier, the government announced the transfer of one of the largest health centers for people infected with the disease, located in the Delmas 2 district of the capital, due to the deterioration the security climate in the region.
The Haitian Ministry of Health announced a month ago that the country will receive its first shipment of covid-19 vaccines, a batch of 130,000 doses of AstraZeneca, between late June and early July.
This first batch is one of the 750,000 vaccines that the World Health Organization (WHO) has allocated to Haiti under the Covax mechanism. Previously, Haiti had refused to receive doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Haiti reached this Thursday 400 deaths due to covid-19, a figure that worsens the effects of the pandemic in the country, since nearly half of the deaths have occurred since early May.
In the past 24 hours, there have been two deaths and 61 new infections, bringing the total number of cases recorded since the start of the pandemic to 17,963, according to official data.
53% of deaths and 36% of infections have occurred since the first days of last May, when the authorities consider that the second wave of the pandemic has started in the country.
Former Haitian President Jean Bertrand Aristide, 67, traveled to Cuba on Thursday to treat covid-19.
The ex-president, twice deposed (1991 and 2004), boarded a business plane at Port-au-Prince international airport, arriving on a stretcher and with an oxygen cylinder.
The Dominican-flagged plane was due to fly to Cuba, authorities told reporters at Toussaint Louverture International Airport, before takeoff.
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