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Haiti Is the Only Country in Western Hemisphere Without Vaccines

  • Health officials say they don’t know when doses will arrive
  • Neighboring Dominican Republic has inoculated 20% of citizens
A healthcare worker transports oxygen tanks at a hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 5.
A healthcare worker transports oxygen tanks at a hospital in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 5.Photographer: Joseph Odelyn/AP Photo

Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, has earned another grim distinction: it’s the only one that hasn’t vaccinated a single resident against Covid-19.

One of a handful of nations worldwide still awaiting vaccines, Haiti was among the 92 poor and middle-income countries offered doses under the Covax Facility. But the government initially declined AstraZeneca PLC shots, citing side effects and widespread fears in the population.