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Costa Rica’s Minister of Health first to be vaccinated with Astra Zeneca vaccine

QCOSTARICA - This Monday, April 29, 2021, Costa Rica began vaccinations with the Astra Zeneca vaccine with the Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, being first person in the country to receive a dose. A few days ago Dr. Salas stated that he would get the...

More than 159 thousand vaccines against Covid-19 arrive this week

QCOSTARICA - More than 159 thousand vaccines against Covid-19 will arrive in Costa Rica this week, with the announcement that 115,380 doses of Pfizer/BioNTech arrive tonight, Monday, April 5, one day ahead of the Tuesday deliveries that have been the norm in the last...

Only 0.2% of those vaccinated against covid-19 in Costa Rica registered any side effects

QCOSTARICA - Of the 190,088 in Costa Rica who have received at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine, 365 (0.2%) have reported adverse reactions Data from the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social(CCSS) released this Friday indicate that 97% of these side effects have been...

More European Countries Halt Use of AstraZeneca Vaccine

(VOA News) LONDON - Venezuela says it will not authorize use of the COVID-19 vaccine jointly developed by Oxford University and British-Swedish drugmaker AstraZeneca. Vice President Delcy Rodriguez cited unspecified “effects on patients” for the government’s decision, according to Reuters. "The decision today is purely precautionary," Spahn said,...

Costa Rica signs with Pfizer purchase of 1 million additional vaccines

QCOSTARICA - The government of Carlos Alvarado announced this Monday morning that Costa Rica signed an addendum to ensure the supply of one million additional doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, with the aim of accelerating the pace of the immunization process to...

What happens if you miss the appointment to be vaccinated against Covid-19?

RICO's COVID-19 DIGEST - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) or Caja, through the local clinics known as Ebais, are responsible for carrying out the covid-19 vaccination campaign in Costa Rica. Due to the characteristics of the vaccine against Covid-19, the immunization campaign is...

Costa Rica will continue to vaccinate vulnerable groups while Pfizer resumes shipments in mid-February

QCOSTARICA - Health authorities said on Thursday they will maintain the vaccination against COVID-19 of vulnerable groups despite the notification from Pfizer it would resume vaccine shipments to the country in mid-February. The Ministry of Health assured that all those people who received their first...

Can an employer force a worker to get vaccinated against COVID-19?

QCOSTARICA - After the world struggled for months to find a vaccine against COVID-19, one of the looming discussions is whether an employer can force their employees to get vaccinated against the SARS-COV-2 virus. For the moment the answer is no. Not as long as...

58 years and older would receive a vaccine in the second trimester

QCOSTARICA - It will be after March when the vaccination against covid-19 begins for people aged 58 and over, who make up the second priority group, regardless of whether or not they have any risk factors. Leandra Abarca Gómez, coordinator of the Expanded Immunization Program...

AstraZeneca vaccine to arrive in Costa Rica at the end of March

QCOSTARICA - Vaccines against Covid-19 from AstraZeneca is expected to begin to arrive at the end of March, announced Esteban Vega, interim logistics manager of the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS). The AstraZeneca vaccine (one million doses) is one of three contracts to purchase...

Will poor countries miss out on COVID-19 vaccinations?

QREPORTS - Nine out of 10 people in poor countries are unlikely to receive COVID-19 vaccine next year as the world’s richest nations snap up a majority of the shots, according to The People’s Vaccine Alliance, a network of organizations including Amnesty International, Global...

Costa Rica formalizes contract with Pfizer and BioNTech for covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica has signed the legal manufacturing and supply contract for the Covid-19 vaccine with Pfizer and BioNTech, as confirmed by President Carlos Alvarado on his social networks. The supply of this vaccine would protect a million and a half people (it is...

Vaccination will be ‘a necessity’ for international flights, says Qantas chief

FINANCIAL TIMES - Qantas plans to insist that passengers on international flights have been vaccinated against Covid-19 before boarding its planes once any jab is rolled out. Alan Joyce, the Australian airline’s chief executive, said he thought a vaccine would become “a necessity” for...

Team of 200 prepare vaccination of three million Ticos against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The exact date is not known, but the plan has already been drawn up and about 200 people work daily to organize the first national vaccination campaign against covid-19.   Three million Costa Ricans would be immunized against this new virus tentatively starting in...

How close is Costa Rica to getting the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine?

QCOSTARICA - The pharmaceutical Pfizer and the biotechnology company BioNTech announced, this Monday morning, the intermediate results of their clinical trial to test a possible vaccine against covid-19. The researchers indicate that there is a 90% success rate with this experimental vaccine. Pfizer is one of...

Coronavirus vaccine: Is Chilean tree bark a key ingredient?

The quillaja tree, which grows in the Chilean Andes, has traditionally been used by the Mapuche to treat colds and inflammation. But it could play a significant role in a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. The Chilean biotech company Desert King is a significant actor...

Costa Rica negotiates with 6 pharma for the COVID-19 vaccine

(QCOSTARICA) The government of Costa Rica has already started talks with six pharmaceutical companies for the future purchase of the COVID-19 vaccine. The acting Minister of Health, Pedro González, assured that they are analyzing various options and that they have already had contact and conversations...

Australia secures deal for potential Covid-19 vaccine, will provide it free to all citizens

Australia has secured a deal with the drugmaker AstraZeneca to supply a potential Covid-19 vaccine to its entire population free of charge, the government announced Tuesday, becoming the latest country to lock in supplies of the drug should trials succeed. B ritish-based AstraZeneca is developing the...

Nicaragua says it will produce Russian COVID-19 Vaccine

(QCOSTARICA) The Nicaraguan government announced that it is in negotiations with Russia to produce in its territory the vaccine against COVID-19 that the Russians developed and christened "Sputnik V". Through a press release issued by the Nicaraguan embassy in San José, the Ortega government said...

COVID-19 Vaccine would soon arrive in Latin America and would cost $4 dollars

(AFP) Assuming it passes successfully through the Phase 3 trials it is currently undergoing, a Covid-19 vaccine developed by the University of Oxford in the U.K. and licensed to the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca in Mexico will allow its availability in Latin America, thanks to...

Putin says Russia has approved ‘world first’ Covid-19 vaccine

Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the approval of a coronavirus vaccine for use on Tuesday, claiming it as a "world first," amid continued concern and unanswered questions over its safety and effectiveness. "A vaccine against coronavirus has been registered for the first time in the...

“The poor are immune”: why the false version that coronavirus is a disease of the rich circulates in Mexico

The prejudices and social stigmas in the midst of the pandemic have been present in the population of Mexico and unfortunately also in politics and governors, such as Miguel Barbosa, of Puebla, who this Wednesday said that the poor of Mexico did not have...

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