Wednesday 23 June 2021

Medical supplies donated by China started arriving in Costa Rica

After midnight Saturday, the first of three flights with medical supplies donated by China to fight the Coronavirus landed on Costa Rican soil.

The second arrived about the same hour Sunday, with the third arriving today, Monday.

- Advertisement -

The logistics contract to fly in the supplies was awarded to DHL. The aircraft used was a Boeing 787-9  operated by Aeromexico, subcontracted by DHL, which flew a total of 16 hours and traveled 15,600 kilometers from Shanghai, China with a stopover in Mexico City.

The donation from the Chinese government is worth about US$830 thousand and the supplies include: N95 masks, safety glasses, disposable gloves for sterile surgery, among others.

The cost to haul the supplies cost the CCSS US$1.2 million dollars.

- Advertisement -

Many on social networks commented on the high cost, criticizing the Caja management, including CCSS president Dr. Roman Macaya, and that “they could have done it cheaper”.

Dr. Macaya, in the Sunday afternoon briefing, defended the decision. One, “an offer not made is a no offer” said Macaya, explaining that the DHL offer was the cheapest of the several.

The CCSS president also defended the high cost associated with using air to bring in the supplies, explaining “the country cannot wait for the weeks and longer with would take by sea”.

Macaya added that the air option is one of several modalities that the Caja is getting it supplies from China, the air offering the quickest to get the much-needed equipment in the hands of the caregivers, providing some breathing room while the rest of the supplies arrive by sea.

- Advertisement -

The doctor added that “everyone is buying from China” and the ports in that country are beyond full capacity.


- Advertisement -

We strive for accuracy in its reports. But if you see something that doesn’t look right, send us an email. The Q reviews and updates its content regularly to ensure it’s accuracy.

"Rico" is the crazy mind behind the Q media websites, a series of online magazines where everything is Q! In these times of new normal, stay at home. Stay safe. Stay healthy.

Related Articles

Germany opens borders to Ticos from this Friday!

QCOSTARICA - Good news for Ticos with traveling fever! From Friday,...


Construction companies that paid alleged bribes would be disqualified for ten years

QCOSTARICA - If it is proven in a final judgment that they did pay bribes to Conavi officials, several companies could be disqualified from...

Week immersed in passage of tropical wave, June Solstice and Veranillo

QCOSTARICA - Today, Monday, June 21, is the day of the year when the sun stays the longest on the horizon, therefore it is...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 20: only “EVENS” can circulate

Today, Sunday, June 20, only vehicles with "EVEN" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...

Companies covered up defective asphalt

QCOSTARICA - The judicial file of the Cochinilla Case, on alleged corruption in road works, exposes how three companies would have covered up the...

Since 2018 MECO has received contracts from the State for more than ¢139 billion

QCOSTARICA - Almost ¢140 billion colones (US$227 million dollars) is the amount the MECO construction company was able to snare for public works contracts...

OIJ investigation into road works corruption leads to inquiries in Panama

QCOSTARICA - The prestige of the company of some of the richest men in Costa Rica hangs by a thread. For many, the MECO...

The United States will distribute 55 million vaccines against Covid-19 in Latin America, Africa and Asia

QCOSTARICA - The United States presented on Monday a plan to share 55 million doses of coronavirus vaccines worldwide, with approximately 75% of the...

Will that be Cash or Sinpe Móvil?

QCOSTARICA - Sinpe Móvil is easy to use. From your phone, you can send money to friends, family and pay for things. Or receive...

Today’s Vehicle Restriction June 19: only “ODDS” can circulate

Today, Saturday, June 19, only vehicles with "ODD" ending plates CAN circulate The measure is countrywide and applied between 5:00 am and 9:00 pm, save...


Get our daily newsletter with the latest posts directly in your mailbox. Click on the subscribe and fill out the form. It's that simple!

Log In

Forgot password?

Forgot password?

Enter your account data and we will send you a link to reset your password.

Your password reset link appears to be invalid or expired.

Log in

Privacy Policy

Add to Collection

No Collections

Here you'll find all collections you've created before.