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As of Tuesday, there is a recorded 1,093,931 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 21.19 per 100 inhabitants.
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Published Tuesday, May 18, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

President Carlos Alvarado announced his plan to expedite the vaccination campaign against covid-19 to inoculate at least 3.5 million people by the end of this year.

As of Tuesday, there is a recorded 1,093,931 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 21.19 per 100 inhabitants, according to the statistics of the Vaccine National Information System. Of these 657,301 people have received their first dose and 436,630 people have completed their treatment upon receiving the second dose.

According to President Alvarado, part of the plan is to accelerate the arrival of vaccines. "The arrival of more vaccines is very clear: in this month and a half, we have received more doses than in the entire first quarter of the year."

Last week, the National Emergency Commission reported 1,594,695 imported vaccines.

The most recent shipment arrived on a Lufthansa cargo flight last week with 88,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the 2,037,600 doses of vaccines purchased through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX system) of the World Health Organization.

In April the first cargo of 43,200 AstraZeneca inoculations arrived. The country purchased 1,092,000 doses last year.

Another 6,000,425 million doses of Pfizer were purchased for the treatment of more than 3 million people.

According to the commission statistics, the country bought a total of 9,130,025 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million people.

According to President Alvarado, in June the country may receive more than 2.2 million doses. It is also scheduled to import 2.5 million vaccines between July and September.

Authorities expect that this month more than 600,000 people will have completed the second dose scheme. And in July 1 million people should have received at least one dose.

By the end of this year, the government's goal is to have vaccinated at least 3.5 million people.

In March, the government requested support from the United States, the European Union and China to accelerate the arrival of vaccines. Alvarado sent a letter to the U.S. President Joe Biden in April requesting a donation of vaccines. He also requested to strengthen the COVAX mechanism.

"The acceleration and massification of vaccination against covid-19 are key in the fight to overcome the pandemic and its effects on health, economy and employment," Alvarado said.

This week, the government is expected to release the Biden response to Alvarado's request.

Last week, with the goal to speed up the vaccination process, Gisela Sánchez, President of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce, AmCham, urged U.S. citizens and Costa Rican citizens to sign the petition "Vaccines to Costa Rica" which aims to ask President Biden to donate vaccines to Costa Rica.

Sanchez requested people take action through a video that can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.

People can sign the petition by entering the page. As of Monday, 22,400 people signed the petition. The goal is to reach 25,000 signatures.

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