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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 doses allocated to Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Africa. More than 40 million doses will be distributed, in countries...

College of Physicians negotiates donation of a million and a half vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week there could be very good news for the country in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic if the College of Physicians completes negotiations with the United States Government for the donation of more than one and a half million doses...

Should the vaccination against covid-19 be opened?

QCOSTARICA - Six months after the start of vaccination against covid-19, will it be time to open the campaign to those who want to protect themselves against this disease, without age or risk limits? Five specialists were consulted: pediatric immunologist and director of the Hospital...

Will President Alvarado be vaccinated against Covid-19 soon?

QCOSTARICA - Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado is just another citizen when it comes to covid-19 vaccination, given his young age and good health, having to wait his turn for his jab. "They haven't called me, the doctors who check me are seeing to that,...

Costa Rica exceeds goal of arrival of vaccines for June

QCOSTARICA - The projections of having more than 2.2 million doses by the end of June were Thursday tonight with the arrival of 79,560 doses to the country. As Costa Rica today has received2,228,085 doses. "This figure represents hope and resilience for a country committed to...

12 to 16 year olds, with and without risk factors, can be vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - Health authorities announced Tuesday approved the use of the Pfizer vaccine for people between 12 and 16 years old, who from now on are included in group 3 (with risk factors) and in group 5 (without risk factors). The decision was made by...

Long lines and confusion as Venezuela begins COVID-19 vaccination

Q24N (Reuters) Hundreds of senior citizens and health workers stood in long lines on Monday to get vaccinated against the coronavirus as part of Venezuela's inoculation campaign, which has been held up by payment problems and political disputes. The government of President Nicolas Maduro for...

Long lines and long waits for a massive vaccination campaign against covid-19 in Alajuelita

QCOSTARICA - Long lines and long waits was the norm this Monday, as dozens of residents of Alajuelita, who responded to the call of the local Health Area for a massive vaccination against covid-19. According to some attendees, the health center summoned the population of...

How well are we really doing, covid wise?

RICO's DIGEST (OPINION) Here's some food for thought. Looking over the covid news for Argentina this week, the worst of the worst covid wise in this part of the world. Yes, even worse than Brazil*. Argentina this past week had a 7 day average of...

Costa Rica received this Wednesday the largest batch of vaccines since December

QCOSTARICA - On Wednesday night, May 19, Costa Rica received the largest shipment of covid-19 vaccines since the first to arrive last December. 174,330 doses of the product developed by the companies Pfizer and BioNTech arrived, confirmed the Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) around 9:30...

Will Costa Rica be on US list of vaccine donation?

QCOSTARICA - United States President Joe Biden announced on Monday that his country will increase exports of covid-19 vaccines to other countries to regain "leadership" in the global fight against the pandemic, surpassing the rival efforts of China and Russia. Biden confirmed that 20 million...

Coronavirus digest: choice to get ‘vaccinated or infected’

The German health minister, Jens Spahn, said that despite falling daily cases of the COVID-19 in Germany, caution is still needed. "Everyone will experience this virus," Spahn said at a press conference on Wednesday, adding that immunity would come either through vaccination or through illness. Both Spahn...

Cuba Ready to Join WHO-Led COVAX Facility, Ambassador to China Says

Q24N   - Cuba is ready to join the COVAX vaccine-sharing mechanism led by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Latin American country's ambassador to China, Carlos Miguel Pereira Hernandez said. "Yes, we are ready. Cuba is ready to make our vaccines public domain, as Russia,...

Costa Rica has appllied almost one million vaccines

QCOSTARICA - At the beginning of this month of May, Costa Rica has applied almost a million vaccines, as announced by President Carlos Alvarado on his Twitter account. While the president stated the country has surpassed the million mark, the numbers from the Caja Costarricense...

Canada approves BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine for young teens

QCOVID DIGEST - Canada's health regulator has authorized the Pfizer/BionTech coronavirus vaccine for children between 12 and 15 years old. Dr. Supriya Sharma, the chief medical adviser for Health Canada, confirmed the approval. The vaccine was previously approved for anyone at least 16 or older....

Costa Rica received the largest to date batch of covid-19 vaccines

QCOSTARICA - A new batch with 124,020 doses of the covid-19 vaccine landed on national soil this Tuesday night, as part of the weekly deliveries from Pfizer. It is the largest shipment received to date, according to Casa Presidencial. With this new shipment, the country accumulates...

7 out of 10 Costa Ricans accept the coronavirus vaccine; 3 doubt or reject it

QCOSTARICA - Seven out of ten people in Costa Rica accept getting the covid-19 vaccine, while the other three have doubts, reject it or have conditions for it. This is one of the findings of the most recent public opinion survey by the Center for...

Costa Rica opens the doors for the import and use of vaccines against covid-19 in the private sector

QCOSTARICA - The Ministry of Health has issued requirements for the import and use of vaccines against covid-19 in the private sector, following the interest of private clinics and pharmacies in starting the processes to sell vaccines against covid-19 in Costa Rica. Through resolution MS-DM-RM-0933-2021,...

Can You Catch the Coronavirus After Getting Vaccinated?

(AARP) A very small number of Americans have been infected with the coronavirus after getting the COVID-19 vaccine. Called “breakthrough cases,” they have been making headlines recently, and they raise a question: What are your chances of getting COVID-19 if you are fully vaccinated? The...

Pfizer Says NO to Private Clinics in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - The plan made known public this Thursday that private clinics in Costa Rica had started the process to sell the vaccine against covid-19 got a shot in the arm by Pfizer, maker of one of the most coveted covid vaccines worldwide and...

Hospitalizations of under 50s with covid-19 concerning

QCOSTARICA - In addition to the concern of the sharp increase in cases this week as Costa Rica is hit with the third wave of covid-19, the hospitalization of increasingly young covid-19 patients generates growing concern among health authorities and specialists. These are patients who...

Costa Rica exceeds one million vaccines received against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA - With the entry of the fifteenth shipment of vaccines against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, this April 13, Costa Rica exceeds one million doses received. At 8:54 pm, 113,490 doses arrived at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO), from Pfizer / BioNTech, reaching a cumulative...

CCSS has applied 587 thousand vaccines against COVID-19

QCOSTARICA -  The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS)  - Costa Rican Social Security Fund - registers the application of 586,799 vaccines against covid-19, which allows the country to achieve a national vaccination rate of 11.37 per 100 inhabitants. According to data from the Sistema...

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...

Order and tranquility, this is how voluntary vaccination against Covid-19 is developed in Nicaragua

TODAY NICARAGUA – From the early hours of this Friday, seniors with chronic conditions came out voluntarily for the Covishield vaccine against Covid-19. At the Bertha Calderón hospital in Managua, those over 60 years of age arrive to be vaccinated with the certainty of feeling...

Costa Rica approves use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - The National Vaccination and Epidemiology Commission (CNVE) on Thursday approved the use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. This will be applied to the population over 18 years of age, with no age or gender limit, depending on the progress of the different...

AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Costa Rica on hold pending analysis by EMA

QCOSTARICA - At 7 am this Wednesday, the first 43,200 vaccines against covid-19, developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, arrived in Costa Rica by way of the Juan Santamaria International (San Jose) airport. The doses, however, will not be used immediately, as the...

Minister of Health will criminally denounce doctors who refuse to be vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, said on Tuesday during the press conference from Casa Presidencial, he will go to court to criminally denounce all first responders who refuse to be vaccinated against covid-19, without having a valid justification. Salas argues that these...

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...

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...

President Alvarado asks for a review the covid-19 vaccination strategy

QCOSTARICA - Let's do some simple math. The country has received 676,455 vaccines in the first three months of the first delivery on December 23, 2020. As of Friday, March 19, the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports 312,000 vaccines (212,454 first and...

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,...

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