According to the Costa Rican Government, the donation will considerably speed up the vaccination process during July.
According to the Costa Rican Government, the United States Government will donate 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to Costa Rica, which will considerably speed up the vaccination process during July.
The Communication Minister of Costa Rica, Agustín Castro, confirmed this Monday the donation from the North American Government and assured that the vaccines are from Pfizer's pharmaceutical company and will arrive in the country "in the next few days."
"This is equivalent to 20% of the vaccines that the country has applied in the first semester, and it will allow us to accelerate the vaccination process very significantly in July, which is of the utmost importance to protect the health and life of people and boost economic activity, "the official explained to the press.
Costa Rica, a country of 5 million inhabitants, has received 2,794,785 vaccines, the majority from Pfizer and AstraZeneca and the Covax mechanism from the World Health Organization (WHO). The United States will be the first donation that a government gives to the Central American country.
Costa Rica has a contract with Pfizer for 6 million doses, another with AstraZeneca for 1 million doses, and an agreement with Covax for 2 million doses, covering the entire population subject to vaccination in 2021.
As of July 5, Costa Rica had applied 2,521,795 doses of vaccines.
Last week, the authorities announced that the vaccination process would very possibly begin in July for the fifth and previous priority group, which includes people under 58 without risk factors.
Until July 9, the date of the last available official data, Costa Rica had 380,482 cases of covid-19 and 4,773 deaths.
Since mid-April, the country has been going through a third wave of infections, the curve of which began to decrease since the end of June slowly.
At the peak of the wave, Costa Rica counted up to 3,000 cases a day, but in the last two weeks, the daily average is around 1,400.
The authorities maintain some slight restrictions on the movement of vehicles and restricted hours and capacity for various economic activities.