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Tourists can travel to the United States to get vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Ricans and other nationals, with a valid United States visa can travel there to be vaccinated against covid-19, without fear of suffering possible subsequent sanctions, such as the cancellation of their visit document. This was confirmed by the United States Embassy in...

Pharmacies could sell any Covid-19 vaccine authorized by regulatory agencies

QCOSTARICA  - Any vaccine against Covid-19 that has authorization from a regulatory agency recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO) could be sold in Costa Rica. In other words, beyond the vaccines developed by Pfizer/BioNTech or AstraZeneca, which are the ones that the Government has...

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...

Pfizer says Covid-19 vaccine protection lasts at least six months, protects against variants

(CNN)The ongoing Phase 3 clinical trial of Pfizer/BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine confirms its protection lasts at least six months after the second dose, the companies said Thursday. It's the first look at how long protection for a coronavirus vaccine lasts, and while six months is a...

Pfizer has delivered 25% of the covid-19 vaccines purchased by the country

QCOSTARICA - Including the latest batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed this Tuesday night, March 30, at the Juan Santamaría airport, with a total of 73,710 doses, the country reaches an accumulated 750,165 Pfizer vaccines, that is 25% of the original purchase. According to data...

75,000 vaccinations this coming week seems a lot

RICO's COVID DIGEST - On Friday, after a lot of backlash from the public and the country's legislators, President Carlos Alvarado personally announced that the vaccination program will continue during Semana Santa (Easter Week). The decision was made after strong criticism, particularly from legislators who...

11th batch of covid-19 vaccines arrived: Costa Rica accumulates 676,455 doses

QCOSTARICA - A new batch of vaccines against covid-19 landed Tuesday night at the Juan Santamaría airport,  the 11th batch from Pfizer with a total of 119,340 doses, and the single largest delivery so far since the first on December 23, 2020. With this delivery,...

Pfizer Begins Human Trials of New Pill to Treat Coronavirus

Q HEALTH - Pfizer said it has begun human safety testing of a new pill to treat the coronavirus that could be used at the first sign of illness. If it succeeds in trials, the pill could be prescribed early in an infection to block...

106 thousand people have already received their two doses against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - A total of 106,227 people already have the two doses against covid-19, according to the  Sistema Integrado de Vacunas (SIVA) de la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (Caja) Integrated Vaccine System of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (Caja), as of Friday,...

Country by Country Guide to Covid Vaccines in Central America

QCOSTARICA - Covid vaccination in Central America is well underway. Here’s an updated country guide to how they’re doing, as of March 18, 2021. The topic of vaccines is controversial, stirring up strong feelings on both sides of the debate. Just look at the Q's...

Covid Hit Colombia Hard. Now It Face Big Vaccine Bills

(Bloomberg) — Colombia has already paid a steep price in the pandemic with more than 61,000 deaths from Covid-19. Now the country faces another cost: about US$850 million to immunize its population. A healthcare workerr prepares a dose of the Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine at the...

71-year-old Costa Rica woman died an hour after receiving anticovid vaccine

QCOSTARICA - Doña Ana María Rodríguez, 71, died on Wednesday (March 10), an hour after being vaccinated against covid-19 in Coronado. It is impossible to attribute the death to the vaccine, especially because she was hypertensive, diabetic, one kidney, suffered from Alzheimer's and had been...

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...

Pfizer Covid vaccine blocks 94% of asymptomatic infections and 97% of symptomatic cases in Israeli study

(CNBC) Pfizer said Thursday, March 11, its Covid-19 vaccine blocked 94% of asymptomatic infections in an Israeli study — a result CEO Albert Bourla called “extremely important.” The study, which measured results two weeks after the second dose, also found the vaccine was at least...

People between 18 and 58 with a risk factor would be vaccinated starting June

QCOSTARICA - If the arrival of vaccines to Costa Rica against Covid-19 continue to without delays, by June the vaccination of Group 3, which includes people between 18 and 58 years old with risk factors, would begin. Currently, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)...

Costa Rica approaching 500,000 doses

QCOSTARICA - The ninth batch with 86,580 doses of the SARS-CoV-2 vaccine arrived in our Costa Rica on Tuesday night; With this fraction, the country will approach the 500 thousand doses received. Alexander Solís, president of the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention...

More than 193,000 vaccines have already been applied

QCOSTARICA - From the start of the vaccination program against covid-19 on December 24, 2020, 193,273 doses have already been applied countrywide.   Of this total, 142,049 are the first applications and 51,224 to the second. So far, all the vaccines received are those produced by...

Viatris, a world leader in the manufacture of generic drugs, opens operations in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA -Viatris, one of the largest generic drug manufacturers in the world, announced the opening of commercial operations in Costa Rica, with an initial investment of US$1.4 million, the hiring of 56 workers and the goal of growing in the medium term. The company, formed...

Costa Rica received a shipment of 110,000 vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - On Tuesday night, March 2, Costa Rica received the largest shipment of covid-19 vaccines, 109,980 doses from Pfizer / Biontech to continues the vaccination program that began on December 24, 2020. “The shipment has arrived with 109,980 new doses of the Pfizer /...

Almost a million people over 58 must be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Almost a million people aged 58 and over, throughout the country, are targeted by the Caja's health centers to be vaccinated against covid-19 in the coming weeks. They are part of the second group identified by the technical teams of the Ministry of...

Legislator criticizes “spectacle” of the Government with vaccines: It is ridiculous to have the President on the airport runway

QCOSTARICA - Legislator Ricardo Benavides lashed out on Tuesday that in the midst of the efforts to advance with the covid-19 vaccines the Government takes the opportunity to make political deployments every time doses arrive. "It seems ridiculous to me that in this country we...

79,560 doses of the vaccine against covid-19 arrived!

QCOSTARICA - Tuesday night Costa Rica received a shipment of 79,560 doses, the largest single shipment so far, of the vaccine against covid-19 from Pfizer. With this sixth batch, the total of vaccines received by Costa Rica is 183,885 doses, which will allow to continue...

Colombia receives first batch of vaccines

QCOLOMBIA – Colombia advanced the start of the immunization campaign against the coronavirus to February 17, three days ahead of schedule, after receiving the first batch of 50,000 vaccines on Monday. Airport workers unload a refrigerated container with 50,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine against...

No clear date for the resumption of shipment of Pfizer vaccines

QCOSTARICA - Last week, the president of the Comision Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) stressed that the shipments of the Pfizer vaccine against covid-19 would resume today Monday. Alexánder Solís stated during the press conference last Tuesday, to report on the handling of the pandemic in...

11,838 people have already received the two doses of the covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - In Costa Rica, 11,838 people already have the complete vaccination scheme against covid-19, after having received the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. A week ago, the data provided by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) spoke of 2,421 people having received...

80% of the vaccines that Costa Rica will receive in February will be for people over 58 years of age

QCOSTARICA - Given that the delivery of vaccines against Covid-19 are suspended until the second half of February, the Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología (CNVE) - National Commission for Vaccination and Epidemiology - made a variation in the distribution of the immunization campaign. The...

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...

Costa Rica has the best immunization rate in Latin America

QCOSTARICA - The Covid-19 vaccination campaign in Costa Rica is excepted to accelerate likely in February when the number of vaccines received in January would double, thanks to the arrival of the first doses developed by AstraZeneca. “By February we hope to double the arrival...

Pfizer will reduce the deliveries of its covid-19 vaccines to adjust production process

QCOSTARICA - The American drugmaker, Pfizer, said in a statement on Friday that reduced deliveries were a temporary issue, affected by changes to its manufacturing processes designed to boost production. For the latter part of this month and early February, Costa Rica, as with many...

Costa Rica has received 87,750 vaccines in less than a month: fourth batch arrived this Tuesday

QCOSTARICA - Since the first batch of 9,750 doses of the covid-19 vaccine on December 23, 2020, Costa Rica has received three more shipments for a total of 87,750 doses against covid-19. The most recent shipment landed Tuesday night, January 12, at Juan Santamaría airport,...

When can the Covid-19 vaccine be purchased at a pharmacy in Costa Rica?

QCOSTARICA - Purchasing the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine in Costa Rican pharmacies is foreseen in the second half of the year, at the earliest, while acquiring the vaccine developed by Pfizer/BioNTech in the market will have to wait until 2022. "We call this first phase of...

This is what Costa Rica paid to Pfizer-BioNTech for vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rica paid Pfizer US$36 million dollars for the three million doses of covid-19 vaccines, that is, US$12 each. The information was provided Wednesday afternoon by the Government after Pfizer authorized the disclosure. The confidentiality clause in the contract had prevented data such...

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