The most recent shipment containing 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Aereo Union cargo last night.
- National Emergency Commission photo -

Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 5,266,815 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment containing 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Aereo Union cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport. These are part of the purchased 1,000,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

A new shipment of 191,990 Pfizer vaccines is expected to arrive in the country today, according to authorities. These are part of the 6,001,125 Pfizer vaccines purchased to inoculate more than 3 million people.

This year, the country has also imported 172,950 doses which are a portion of the purchased 2,037,600 vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), of the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. This purchase was made to provide treatment to more than one million people.

The U.S. government donated 503,100 doses which were immediately applied between July 16 to 25, according authorities.

The total vaccines purchased and donated to Costa Rica are about 9,541,825. These allow the protection of more than 4.7 million people living in the country.

Last month, President Carlos Alvarado announced that 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines will be donated by Spain to inoculate approximately 38,800 people. The treatment will be sent to the country through COVAX. The date on which this donation will arrive has not been informed yet.

As of Tuesday, medical experts have applied 4,278,505 vaccines against covid-19, reaching a national vaccination rate of 82 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

The virus continues advancing in the country, as of Wednesday there were 86,421 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 466,574 cases detected since last year, there were 5,523 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate in Costa Rica, according to the authorities report, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.5 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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