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Published on Monday, October 4, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Costa Rica has imported 6,495,495 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.
The most recent shipment containing 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the government of Austria, arrived on a Lufthansa plane on Saturday night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport.
Austria is the fourth country that has donated vaccines to Costa Rica. In September the country received 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the government of Spain. This was an addition to another 319,200 AstraZeneca doses were donated by Canada. In July, the U.S donated 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines.
The country so far has imported 4,569,045 Pfizer doses as part of the purchased 6,001,125 vaccines to inoculate more than 3 million people.
Costa Rica has also imported 775,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the 1,000,000 purchased doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.
The country has already imported 259,350 doses through COVAX, which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna, as part of the purchased 2,037,600 doses to provide treatment to more than one million people.
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Since vaccines became available to Costa Rica, there have been almost 10 million vaccines purchased and donated. This sum could protect about 5 million people living in the country.
The government confirmed that herd immunity can be achieved when 83% of the population, approximately 4,274,344 million people are fully vaccinated. As of last week, Costa Rica has applied 5,596,495 vaccines against covid-19.
However, the virus continues advancing in the country. The health authorities reported on Friday, 88,643 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 533,878 cases detected since last year, there were 6,413 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate, according to the statistics, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.
The pandemic has killed more than 4.8 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.