This donation is equivalent to 20% of the doses already  applied in the country in six months.
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Published on Monday, July 12, 2021

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The United States government donates 500,000 doses of vaccines to Costa Rica in support of the country in its fight against covid-19, according to the Ministry of Communication

This donation is equivalent to 20% of the doses already  applied in the country in six months and will speed up the vaccination campaign, said Agustin Castro, Minister of Communication.

According to Castro, the vaccines cargo will arrive soon in the country.

The cargo will arrive in the country this week through the Covid-19 Vaccines Global Access System (COVAX) created by the World Health Organization, which includes WHO-approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna.

It is expected those vaccines will be part of the treatment to apply to the population of group five which are people between the ages of 12 to 58 with no health issues.

Earlier this month, a donation of 1.5 million Johnson & Johnson vaccines was donated by the State of Texas to the Costa Rica Doctors College. But, the college decided not to continue with the process of receiving the donation. According to a brief response from the organization, although the treatment can be used up to six weeks after its expiration date, some of the doses were about to expire.

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

Those as part of the 9,130,725 doses purchased to ensure treatment for more than 4.5 million residents living in Costa Rica, according to the commission statistics.

Of the total vaccines acquired by the government, 6,000,425 are Pfizer vaccines to inoculate more than 3 million people. Also, 2,038,300 vaccines were purchased through Covax to apply the treatment to more than 1 million people. And 1,092,000 AstraZeneca vaccine doses purchased for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

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.

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.

In June, the United States announced the commitment to donate more than 500 million vaccine doses to countries around the world, according to Share America Journal, the news site created by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of International Information Programs.

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