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U.S. donates 12K covid vaccines to Costa Rica

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Published on Tuesday, February 13, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The United States donates 12,000 bivalent vaccines against covid-19 to Costa Rica, announced the U.S. Embassy.

According to the embassy, half of the doses are for children aged six months to four years, with the remainder for children aged five to eleven.

The bivalent vaccine includes two components, one component of the original virus strain to provide broad protection against covid-19 and another component of the omicron variant. The goal is to provide better protection against the covid-omicron variant, according to Social Security.

"These vaccines represent the great commitment we have to Costa Rica and its public health," said Cynthia Telles, the United States ambassador to Costa Rica. "We work with the Government to take care of its population, especially the children, who have already returned to school, where they are additionally susceptible to other respiratory viruses."

The vaccine's shipment arrived this week on a DHL cargo flight at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport (SJO) located in Alajuela Province.

Costa Rican newborns are required by Social Security to get free basic vaccinations against Covid-19, Tuberculosis, Hepatitis B, Streptococcus, Pneumonia, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Tetanus, Poliomyelitis, Rotavirus, Haemophilus, Measles, Rubella, Mumps, and Varicella. In addition, all females above the age of ten must have the Papillomavirus vaccination.

According to Ministry of Health statistics, 9,245 fatalities have been attributed to covid-19 between March 2020 and October 2023.

According to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University in the United States, the covid-19 pandemic had killed over 6.8 million people globally as of October 2023.


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