Early April 2021:

The Haitian government has declined to receive the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to EFE, a Dominican news outlet.


Early June 2021 :

“Haiti did not reject the offer of vaccines from Covax,” Haiti Ministry of Health General Director Laure Adrien said in a telephone interview. “All we asked was that they change the vaccine they were providing us.”

By last month the equation had shifted. Fears about AstraZeneca were subsiding just as Haiti was seeing a surge in cases. When the country finally agreed to receive the doses, production issues in India and a spike in global demand made them unavailable.


July 7, 2021

Haiti President Jovenel Moïse assassinated by ‘highly trained and heavily armed group’

Haitian President Jovenel Moïse was assassinated in an attack on his private residence early Wednesday, according to a statement from the country’s interim prime minister, who called the killing a “hateful, inhumane and barbaric act.” First Lady Martine Moïse was shot in the overnight attack and hospitalized, interim Premier Claude Joseph said. Opposition leaders accused Moïse, who was 53, of seeking to increase his power.

July 14, 2021

Haiti on Wednesday received its first coronavirus vaccine since the pandemic began, welcoming 500,000 doses as the country battles a spike in cases and deaths.

The Pan American Health Organization said the United States donated the doses via the United Nations’ COVAX program for low-income countries.

Spokeswoman Nadia Peimbert-Rappaport told The Associated Press that the shipment was Moderna vaccine.

Suspects linked to the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise received U.S. military training, the Pentagon said Thursday.

The Pentagon said Thursday that a review of its training databases indicated that a “small number of the Colombian individuals detained as part of this investigation had participated in past U.S. military training and education programs, while serving as active members of the Colombian Military Forces.”