Oh, Canada! Canucks donate vaccines to Costa Rica

The AstraZeneca doses will arrive this week.

The Canadian government will donate 319,200 AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine doses to Costa Rica this week. 

“Many thanks to the people and the Government of this sister country for this great support to continue accelerating vaccination, and to protect each person in each region of Costa Rica,” said President Carlos Alvarado.

With the shipment from Canada, this will become Costa Rica’s week with the most vaccine doses received so far in 2021.

Costa Rica has also received vaccine donations directly from the United States and from Spain (through Covax). The vast majority of Costa Rica’s doses were contracted directly from Pfizer and AstraZeneca.

Why this matters

To date, Costa Rica has received 5.2 million vaccine doses, enough to fully cover about half of the country’s total population.

Costa Rica has administered 4.27 million doses across 3.06 million people, meaning most individuals are still waiting for their second shot.

With the delta variant spreading rapidly in Costa Rica and hospitals that remain strained by Covid-19 patients, every dose counts.

“We continue working to bring our most-important tool against the pandemic: vaccines,” Alvarado said.

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