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Published on Friday, September 10, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 6,060,255 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment containing 146,250 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. These are part of the 4,133,805 Pfizer doses imported. The country purchased 6,001,125 Pfizer vaccines to inoculate more than 3 million people.



This week, the country received the Spanish government donation of 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca, which will be used to inoculate approximately 34,800 people. 





Last week, 319,200 AstraZeneca doses arrived in the country, donated by the government of Canada, which will be applied to approximately 159,600 people.




In July, the U.S. government donated 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines, which were applied to 251,550 people.

In addition to the shipment with the donation from Spain, on Sunday, a cargo of 86,400 doses purchased from AstraZeneca also arrived in the country. These are part of the 775,200 doses imported. The country purchased 1,000,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

In addition, the government has received 259,350 doses through COVAX , which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. The country purchased 2,037,600 doses to provide treatment to more than one million people.

The total vaccines purchased and donated to Costa Rica are about 9,930,625. This total could protect more than 4.9 million people living in the country.

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.



As of Tuesday, there were 4,580,610 covid-19 vaccines applied.

However, the virus continues advancing throughout the country. Authorities reported on Thursday that 486,959 covid-19 cases have been detected since 2020, of which 89,953 are active cases. Since the reported first case in the country, there have been 5,721 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate in Costa Rica, according to data provided on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.6 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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