After assassinationof Haitian president, US will provide support in transition to "inclusive government", starting with COVID-19 vaccine doses

The United States supported a call by Haitian officials for an "inclusive" and "credible" government, in the aftermath of the assassination of the Haitian President. US President Joe Biden sent a delegation to the island to assess the needs of the Haitian people and to discuss the political transition.

“It’s up to the Haitians to come up with the solution to this political process at this point so we rely on them and give them all the support that we can to work conclusively, to work together to form a consensus government," said a US State Department delegation member. "The United States will definitely, along with our international partners, support an inclusive, credible government.” 

At the same time, the Administrator for the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Samatha Power, testified before two Congressional committees about the need to approach development activities carefully in Haiti, noting that the assistance provided to Haiti since the 2010 earthquake had only resulted in "chaos."  Members of Congress pressed Power for assurances that the provision of assistance would be done differently to help ensure better outcomes.

As part of the new assistance, the US delivered the first shipment of 500,000 doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to Haiti, with a "significant amount" of more vaccine doses to come, according to a White House source.

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