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Haiti receives J&J COVID-19 vaccine linked to blood clots


The United States has donated 108,000 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to Haiti, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti announced Sunday, three days after U.S. public health experts recommended that people take other COVID-19 vaccines over the one-dose shot when possible.

It is unclear whether the J&J vaccine was already on its way to Haiti before a panel of experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said mRNA vaccines, like the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, are preferred. The CDC recommendation also emphasizes the J&J vaccine is effective, with more benefits than risks, it usually takes weeks for such vaccine donations to be arranged.

However, scores of Haitians swiftly reacted to the US Embassy announcement, taking to social media to condemn the move.

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