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The most recent shipment with 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Avianca cargo flight Sunday.
- National Emergency Commission photo -

Published Monday, June 7, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Records show that Costa Rica has imported 2,432,085 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment with 204,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines arrived on an Avianca cargo flight Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport in Alajuela Province. These are part of the 1,092,000 doses purchased last year of AstraZeneca vaccines for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

Last week, a shipment with 79,560 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo. These doses are part of the 6,000,425 million Pfizer vaccines to immunize more than 3 million people.

In addition, 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.

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.

Last week, the U.S. White House announced the plan to internationally share at least 80 million vaccine doses by the end of June. 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.

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 Ministry of Health reported on Friday a total of 75,921 active covid-19 cases in the country. Of the total 327,979 cases detected since last year, 4,153 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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