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Of the total Pfizer vaccines, 348,355 doses have been administered.
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Costa Rica receives AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines

Published Tuesday, April 6, 2021

By A.M. Costa Rica staff

On Monday, the third DHL shipment with 115,830  vaccine doses purchased from Pfizer arrived at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport, totaling 865,995 doses acquired since December 2020.

Of the total Pfizer vaccines, 348,355 doses have been administered; 224,092 were first doses and 160,263 received their second dose. The national vaccination rate is 9.32 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Social Security statistics.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, the first cargo  of  43,200 AstraZeneca doses of the treatment. This shipment was purchased from the COVAX system of the World Health Organization.

In December 2020, the government signed an agreement with the British-Swedish multinational pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca to buy one million doses of its vaccine, AZD1222.

WHO authorized the shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine, last Feb. 26, analyzing the different aspects of quality, effectiveness and safety of the treatment, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country remains to finish inoculating Group-A of High Risk, which includes elderly folks living in nursing homes, nursing home employees, healthcare workers, members of the police force, firefighters and Emergency Commission workers, among others.

Group-B of High Risk remains in the same phase as Group A. Those in this group include people over the age of 58, regardless of whether or not they have any pre-existing health risk factors.

To receive the treatment, participants must have a Costa Rican ID or a residency ID, known as DIMEX specific for immigrants with resident status.

There are 21,108 active infected people in the country, according to the Ministry of Health statistics.

Of the 216,764 cases reported since March 2020, 2,957 deaths are classified as covid-19 related, approximately 1.4% death rate. Of these 1,852 are men and 1,105 women. The ages range from a 2-year-old to a 103-year-old.

The pandemic has killed more than 2.8 million people worldwide, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering of Johns Hopkins University in the United States.


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