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The most recent shipment with 80,730 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night.
- National Commission Emergency photo -

Published Friday, June 18, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 2,592,375 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment with 80,730 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamaría International Airport in Alajuela Province. These doses are part of the 6,000,425 Pfizer vaccines to vaccinate more than 3 million people.

A short video of the vaccines arrival shared by the Emergency Commission can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.

On Sunday, 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Avianca cargo flight. These are part of the 1,092,000 doses purchased last year for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

In addition, the country purchased 2,038,300 doses of vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX system, of the World Health Organization. This acquisition includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

The country bought a total of 9,130,725 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million residents living in Costa Rica, according to the commission statistics.

The Emergency Commission plan will import 2.5 million vaccines between July and September. By the end of this year, the government's goal is to have vaccinated at least 3.5 million people.

On Wednesday, the National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission approved the Johnson & Johnson vaccine against covid-19.

According to the authorities, the approval applies for vaccine cargo arrivals due to donations or through the COVAX mechanism, which is the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access directed by the World Health Organization.

This approval is in response to the Costa Rica Doctors College request for receiving a donation of 1.5 million vaccines from the United States.

The College, an organization founded in 1857 and made up of companies and professionals that provide private health services, announced the single-dose vaccine donation to develop a massive campaign to get people inoculated in the coming days.

Because the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires the application of only one dose, the 1.5 million vaccines donated could allow mass vaccinations, according to Elliott Garita-Jiménez, a member of the College's Governing Board.

Once the donation is made and the vaccines are imported the College will develop a mass vaccination campaign. Their plan is to use the shopping center facilities to carry out pop-up and drive-up vaccine sites, where people do not have to get out of their vehicle.

The vaccination campaigns would be carried out in shopping centers in the Great Metropolitan Area, which is an area made up of cities in the outskirts of San José such as Alajuela, Heredia and Cartago.

According to the statistics from the Vaccine National Information System, a total of  2,150,520 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of  41.7 per 100 inhabitants. Of these, there are 1,409,778 people that have received their first dose. And 740,742 people have completed their two-dose treatment.

The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday a total of 76,798 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total  349,026 cases detected since last year, 4,349 deaths were listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica.

Worldwide the pandemic has killed more than 3.8 million people, according to Johns Hopkins University.

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