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The most recent shipment with 52,650 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night.
 - National Emergency Commission photo -

Published on Friday, July 9, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 2,847,475 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment with 52,650 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport, as part of the 6,000,425 Pfizer vaccines to inoculate more than 3 million people.

Also, 2,038,300  vaccines were purchased through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX system, of the World Health Organization, which includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

As well as 1,092,000 AstraZeneca vaccines doses purchased last year for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

The country bought a total of 9,130,725 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million residents living in Costa Rica, according to the commission statistics.

The Emergency Commission plan is importing 2.5 million vaccines between July and September. By the end of this year, the government's goal is to have vaccinated at least 3.5 million people in order to keep the rate of infection down and achieve herd immunity.

Authorities are waiting for  a donation of vaccines against covid-19 to Costa Rica announced earlier this month by the U.S. government.

In June, U.S. President Joe Biden announced a donation of 80 million doses. Of these six million doses for Latin America and the Caribbean will be distributed through COVAX, according to the U.S. government statement.

There is not any confirmation by health authorities on this donation for Costa Rica.

As of Tuesday, the Vaccine National Information System reported that 2,521,795 vaccines have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 48.8 per 100 inhabitants.

Of these, they reported that 1,704,864 people have received their first dose. And 816,931 people have completed their two-dose treatment, approximately 16% of the population in the country.
There are 69,783 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 378,938 cases detected since last year, there were 4,760 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica, reported the Health Ministry on Thursday.

The pandemic has killed more than 4 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

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