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Haiti to Send Back Expiring, U.S.-Donated Moderna Vaccines

  • Returned vaccines will be distributed elsewhere to avoid waste
  • Haiti has one of the lowest vaccination rates in hemisphere
A hospital employee transports oxygen in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 5.
A hospital employee transports oxygen in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on June 5.Photographer: Joseph Odelyn/AP

Haiti, which has one of the lowest Covid-19 vaccination rates in the Western Hemisphere, will be returning thousands of unused doses donated by the U.S. to keep them from expiring. 

The COVAX Facility, which provides free and subsidized vaccines to the poorest nations, confirmed in an emailed statement Wednesday that the doses returned by Haiti will be redeployed elsewhere to “minimize any potential wastage.”