Published on Monday, September 6, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 5,914,005 vaccines against covid-19, of which 891,900 have been donated by three ally countries.

On Sunday, the most recent donation of vaccines arrived on a DHL flight to Juan Santamarķa airport with a cargo of 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the government of Spain.

The donation was coordinated through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), of the World Health Organization (WHO), which will be used to inoculate approximately 34,800 people, according to the National Emergency Commission.

On Saturday, 319,200 doses arrived in the country, also from AstraZeneca, donated by the government of Canada, which will be applied to approximately 159,600 people.

In July, the U.S. government donated 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines, which were already applied to approximately 251,550 people.

In addition to the shipment with the donation from Spain, last night a cargo of 86,400 doses purchased from AstraZeneca also arrived in the country. These are part of the purchased 1,000,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

The government has also received part of the 6,001,125 Pfizer vaccines purchased to inoculate more than 3 million people.

In addition, the government has received a portion of the purchased 2,037,600 vaccines through COVAX, which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. This purchase was made to provide treatment to more than one million people.

The total vaccines purchased and donated to Costa Rica are about 9,930,625. These allow the protection of more than 4.9 million people living in the country.

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.

At least 83% of the population, about 4,274,344 million people in Costa Rica, must be fully vaccinated to keep infections down and achieve herd immunity, according to Social Security.

However, the virus continues advancing in the country, as of Friday there are 89,150 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 472,315 cases detected since last year, there were 5,568 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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