Scores of Haitian-Americans have been spreading debunked conspiracy theories and jokes about the novel coronavirus vaccine.
Churches nationwide have used federal relief funds to stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic, but small Haitian churches in Brooklyn have been locked out, some pastors said. Now, they are asking the government to help.
For nearly 50 years, the Evangelical Crusade Christian Church in East Flatbush has been a fixture in Brooklyn’s Haitian community. It has been a sanctuary not only for worshippers who call it their home church, but for area residents of social and spiritual need. The go-to stop for politicians on the campaign trail and place for high-profile funerals and festive cultural displays alike.
In the United States, new cases of COVID-19 are surging, recording a daily record of more than 187,000 cases and inching closer to 260,000 deaths. That crisis however does not predict a similar surge in Haiti, said Dr. Jean William Pape, director of the GHESKIO network of health clinics in Haiti.
Dr. Jacques Boncy, director of Haiti’s national public health laboratory, welcomed news that a vaccine to prevent the novel coronavirus may be available soon.
Mayor Bill de Blasio has appointed Jacques Jiha, an economist with three decades of public and private sector leadership experience, to serve as New York City budget director starting Nov. 1.
Stymied by the pandemic, which shut down in-person gatherings and prompted would-be patrons to stay home, many artists like Baboun have since used their creativity to adapt.
Back in April, public health experts projected 1,000 deaths per day would occur by May in Haiti, whose population stands at more than 11 million. But the numbers recorded by the government have not come anywhere near these levels.