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Published on Monday, November 15, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 7,510,185 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment arrived on an Aero Union cargo on Sunday at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport, containing 224,800 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, achieving the one million doses purchased for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

Also, the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca donated 31,400 doses for the inoculation of more than 15,000 people.

The country has already imported 5,220,605 Pfizer vaccines, as part of the purchased 6,002,165  doses to inoculate more than 3 million people.

The country has already imported 259,350 doses through COVAX, which includes approved vaccines, such as AstraZeneca, Pfizer and Moderna. These are part of the purchased 2,037,600 doses to provide treatment to more than one million people.

AstraZeneca is the seventh donation to Costa Rica. Last month, Pfizer donated 130 doses of their vaccine. Also in October, the shipment of 56,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines were donated by the Dominican Republic.

Earlier that month, a donation of 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines was donated by the government of Austria.

In September, Costa Rica received 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the government of Spain. Also that month, a shipment of 319,200 AstraZeneca doses were donated by Canada.

In July, the U.S. donated 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines.

There are more than enough vaccines available to get Costa Rica to the goal of herd immunity. The government confirmed that herd immunity can be achieved when 83% of the population, more than 4,2 million people are fully vaccinated.  So far, approximately 58% of the population, more than 2.9 million people have completed their two-dose treatment.

According to the Health Ministry updated report on Friday, the country has 7,197 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.3% death rate.

The pandemic has killed more than 5.1 million people worldwide, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

What should authorities do to speed up the vaccination campaign? 
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