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The most recent shipment with 79,560 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo flight last night at 9:30 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport in Alajuela Province.
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Published Friday, June 4, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rica has imported 2,228,085 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 flight last night at 9:30 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport in Alajuela Province.

These doses are part of the 6,000,425 million Pfizer vaccines purchased for the treatment of more than 3 million people.

On May 23, a shipment arrived with 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines in an Aero Union cargo flight. These are part of the 1,092,000 doses purchased last year of AstraZeneca vaccines.

The country purchased 2,038,300 doses of vaccines through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access, COVAX system, of the World Health Organization. This acquisition includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

According to the Emergency Commission plan, 2.5 million vaccines will be imported between July and September. By the end of this year, the government's goal is to have vaccinated at least 3.5 million people.

The country bought a total of 9,130,725 doses to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million Costa Rican and foreign residents, according to the Commission statistics.

A short video of the vaccines arrival shared by the Emergency Commission can be seen on the AM Costa Rica YouTube channel.




Yesterday, the U.S. White House announced the plan for sharing at least 80 million vaccine doses globally by the end of June and the plan for the first 25 million doses.  Of these, nearly 19 million will be shared through COVAX, with the Latin American countries, including Costa Rica.



So far, a total of 1,658,684 vaccines against covid-19 have been applied, reaching a national vaccination rate of 31.13 per 100 inhabitants, according to the statistics from the Vaccine National Information System.

There are 1,012,339 people who have received their first dose. And 646,346 people have completed their two-dose treatment

The Ministry of Health reported on Thursday a total of 74,969 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 325,779 cases detected since last year, 4,124 deaths were listed as covid-19 related, approximately 1.3% death rate in Costa Rica.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the pandemic has killed more than 3.7 million people worldwide.

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What else should health authorities do in the fight against the pandemics?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com


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