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Published on Friday, October 8, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica has imported 6,653,135 vaccines against covid-19, according to the National Emergency Commission.

The most recent shipment containing 107,640 doses of Pfizer vaccines arrived on a DHL cargo last night at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport. These are part of the 4,676,685 Pfizer doses imported already. The country purchased 6,002,165 Pfizer vaccines to inoculate more than 3 million people.

Costa Rica has also imported 775,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines as part of the 1,000,000 purchased doses for the treatment of more than 500,000 people.

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

Also, four countries have donated vaccines to Costa Rica. Last week, 50,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines, donated by the government of Austria, arrived.

In September, 69,600 doses of AstraZeneca donated by the government of Spain were received. Also, 319,200 AstraZeneca doses were donated by Canada in September.  In July, 503,100 doses of Pfizer vaccines were donated by the U.S.

The President Carlos Alvarado announced a new donation of 56,800 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine by Dominican Republic. Alvarado did not provide information on a specific day the donation is expected to arrive.

Since vaccines became available to Costa Rica, there have been almost 10 million vaccines purchased and donated. This sum could protect about 5 million people living in the country.

The government confirmed that herd immunity can be achieved when 83% of the population, approximately 4,274,344 million people are fully vaccinated. As of last week, Costa Rica has applied 5,760,293 vaccines.

However, the virus continues advancing in the country. The health authorities reported on Thursday, 82,280 active covid-19 cases. Of the total 542,653 cases detected since last year, there were 6,584 deaths listed as covid-19 related, approximately a 1.2% death rate, according to the statistics, which can be found on the Health Ministry website.

The pandemic has killed more than 4.8 million people at a global level, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University.

How close is your county to reaching herd immunity?  We would like to know your thoughts on this story. Send your comments to news@amcostarica.com

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