The Canada's donation shipment arrived on a DHL cargo last night.
- National Emergency Commission photo -

Published on Saturday, September 4, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 5,758,005 vaccines against covid-19 with the cooperation of 319,200 AstraZeneca doses donated by the government of Canada, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The donation shipment arrived on a Kalitta Air Boeing 747-DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport. It was coordinated through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), of the World Health Organization (WHO), which will be used to inoculate approximately 159,600 people.

This is the second donation of vaccines against covid-19 Costa Rica has received. In July, 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines were donated by the U.S. Government.

Also, authorities confirmed on Friday the possible donation of 69,600 AstraZeneca vaccines by the government of Spain, to inoculate approximately 38,000. The shipment is expected to arrive on Sunday.

As of today, the total vaccines purchased and donated to Costa Rica are about 9,861,025, of these 5,758,005 doses were imported. The treatment will 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 were 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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