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Published on Friday,  November 19, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


Costa Rica has imported 7,621,335 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment arrived last night on a DHL cargo at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport, containing 111,150 doses of Pfizer vaccines. The country has already imported 5,331,755 Pfizer vaccines, as part of the purchased 6,002,165  doses to inoculate more than 3 million people.

The country has already imported one million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

Also, there have been 259,350 doses imported through COVAX, which includes the approved vaccines Pfizer and Moderna. These are part of the purchased 2,037,600 doses to provide treatment to more than one million people.

Last week  the British-Swedish company AstraZeneca donated 31,400 doses for the inoculation of more than 15,000 people. 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. And 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, 60% of the population (3 million people) have completed their two-dose treatment.

As of Thursday, the country has 7,248 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.3% death rate, according to the Health Ministry report.

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?   We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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