The most recent shipment containing 171,990 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night.
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Published on Friday, September 3, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 5,438,805 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment containing 171,990 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport. These are part of the 6,001,125 Pfizer vaccines purchased to inoculate more than 3 million people.

Yesterday, a shipment of 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Aereo Union cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport. These are part of the purchased 1,000,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

This year, the country has also imported 172,950 doses which are a portion of the purchased 2,037,600 vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX), of the World Health Organization (WHO), which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. This purchase was made to provide treatment to more than one million people.

The U.S. government donated 503,100 doses which were immediately applied between July 16 to 25, according authorities.

The total vaccines purchased and donated to Costa Rica are about 9,541,825. These allow the protection of more than 4.7 million people living in the country.

On Thursday,  President Carlos Alvarado announced the donation of 319,200 vaccines from AstraZeneca to be made by the government of Canada, enough to inoculate approximately 159,000 people. According to Alvarado, the shipment with the donation will arrive soon. 

This is the second announcement made by Alvarado of possible donations of vaccines by other countries. Last month, he said that Spain will donate 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, to inoculate approximately 38,000 people. Today, Alvarado announced that this donation will arrive on Sunday.

Both donations will be sent to the country through COVAX.



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 Thursday there were 88,553 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 469,665 cases detected since last year, there were 5,540 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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