The most recent shipment with 79,560 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night.
- Emergency Commission photo -
Published on Friday, July 16, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rica has received 3,427,035 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment with 79,560 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamaría International Airport. This delivery is part of the 6,000,425 Pfizer vaccines purchased to inoculate more than 3 million people.

On Wednesday, the U.S. government donated 500,000 doses of Pfizer vaccines. The donation is expected to vaccinate 250,000 people and boost the slow vaccination campaign in the country.

Last year, the government also purchased 2,038,300 vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX system, of the World Health Organization. The purchase includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. These are to provide treatment to more than one million people.

The country had already invested in 1,092,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses last year for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

The country had already purchased a total of 9,130,725 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million people. And now, the country has an additional half-million doses donated by the U.S. to protect almost 5 million residents living in Costa Rica.

As of Tuesday, there have been 2,606,791 vaccines against covid-19 applied in the country, reaching a national vaccination rate of 50.5 per 100 inhabitants, according to the Vaccine National Information System report.

By the end of this year, the government's goal is to have vaccinated at least 3.7 million people in order to keep the rate of infection down and achieve herd immunity.

There are 70,906 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 388,298 cases detected since last year, there were 4,857 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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