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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...

58 or older? This you what should know about the COVID-19 vaccination

QCOSTARICA -  On Tuesday this week, a new batch of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer arrived, and with that began vaccination of people of 58 years old or more. The Comisión Nacional de Vacunación y Epidemiología del Ministerio de Salud (National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology...

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...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: New coronavirus: Country registers steep drop in deaths; Health reports 16 in the last three days

RICO's COVID DIGEST - It's almost as if covid-19 took a break, resulting in the drop in the daily number of new cases and deaths. Hospitalizations have also dropped to levels not seen in many, many months. With the respect to deaths associated with covid-19,...

Chepito, the oldest Tico in the country, gets his second dose of the covid vaccine

QCOSTARICA - José Uriel Delgado Corrales, better known as Chepito and who is the oldest Costa Rica (Tico) at 120 years old, got his second dose of the covid-19 vaccine and in a few weeks will already be immunized against the disease. Chepito, a resident...

Peru receives first batch of Chinese COVID-19 vaccine

Q24N - The first batch of vaccines produced by China’s Sinopharm arrived Sunday in Lima, Peru, according to that country’s president, to begin immunization against the coronavirus when the country faces the second wave of the pandemic. Francisco Sagasti announced the arrival of 300,000 doses...

Cuba to Offer Vaccine to Arriving Tourists

TODAY CUBA - Cuban doctors have been hailed across Africa and Latin America for providing the “backbone” of numerous nations’ responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the US government has attacked the medical brigades, claiming they are engaging in human trafficking and has encouraged...

Covid-19 cases fall as Costa Rica conducts more tests

QCOSTARICA - While other countries suffer serious increases in their rates of Covid-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, Costa Rica has experienced three consecutive weeks with these indicators plummeting. During these weeks, the average daily cases fell by 24%. The report of new cases, between August 1...

Nicaragua approves Russian Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine

TODAY NICARAGUA – Nicaragua’s government said Wednesday that it had approved Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for emergency use. Sputnik V will be a powerful tool to promote health and life in Nicaragua says the government of Daniel Ortega and Rosario Muillo “Nicaragua is advancing in...

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...

Legislators approve budget to ensure vaccines against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Legislative Assembly approved Tuesday afternoon the first extraordinary budget for the fiscal year of 2021, which ensures ¢40.5 billion colones for the purchase of vaccines against covid-19. The endorsement, in the first debate, was unanimous with the vote of the 45 legislators...

“Chepito”, at 120, Costa Rica’s oldest gets vaccinated

QCOSTARICA - José Uriel de los Ángeles Delgado Corrales, known affectionately as "Chepito", at 120 and the oldest Costa Rican, received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine on Tuesday. Chepito was the first resident of the Piedades de Santa Ana nursing home to receive...

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...

“It is foreseeable that 2021 will be like an extension of 2020”: UNA epidemiologist

QCOSTARICA - Despite the arrival of the vaccine against Covid-19 in Costa Rica, 2021 will be like “an extension of 2020”, according to Juan José Romero, coordinator of the Master's Degree in Epidemiology at the Universidad Nacional (UNA) - National University. "In a certain way,...

24,859 doses applied against covid-19 in three weeks of vaccination; second dose begins

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) reports it has applied 24,859 doses during the first three weeks of vaccination against covid-19 throughout the country. In a press release this Friday morning, January 15, the Caja said that amount represents 80.8% of the...

Ortega Regime Promises Vaccines, with No Details

TODAY NICARAGUA – Former Nicaraguan health minister and current presidential advisor Carolina Davila has announced that COVID-19 vaccinations will begin in 2021. Her announcement came after weeks of government silence. Plans are to prioritize the groups at highest risk. Nicaraguan advisor on health issues, declares...

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...

WHO rules out covid-19 herd immunity in 2021

(VOA) The World Health Organization (WHO) is warning that mass vaccinations against the novel coronavirus will not produce herd immunity this year. WHO chief scientist Dr. Soumya Swaminathan told reporters Monday that it takes time to produce and administer enough doses of a vaccine to...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: Latest report for Januay 10

QCOSTARICA - It's been some days since I have posted a new report on the covid-19 situation in Costa Rica. It's not for the lack of interest, though the concern of the earlier months seems to have dissipated, not that I am not being...

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...

CNE: “If confidentiality in contract with Pfizer is broken, vaccine supply is suspended”

QCOSTARICA - The contract signed by the Comisión Nacional de Prevención de Riesgos y Atención de Emergencias (CNE)  - National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Commission - for the acquisition of three million doses of Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines against the new coronavirus...

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...

Covid-19 in Costa Rica: country will receive 33,150 vaccines per week during January

QCOSTARICA - It's been days since we've gotten any numbers on the state of the covid-19. The last report published was on Thursday, December 24. Though Friday, December 25, was a holiday, there was not the usual report. We will chalk up the lack of...

Caja asks the population to wait for the call to get vaccinated against Covid-19

QCOSTARICA - This week the vaccination against Covid-19 will continue and that is why the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS), known as the "Caja" calls on the population to wait for the call from their Health Area to come for the first dose. "It...

Caja denies complications in first vaccinated against covid-19

QCOSTARICA - The Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) - Costa Rican Social Security Fund -  commonly known as Caja, reported that the first health officials and older seniors vaccinated against covid-19 are in good health. The institution denied rumors circulating on social networks about...

Europe launches mass vaccination program

(CNN) A pilot took to the skies above Germany using his flight path to draw a syringe, ahead of the launch of the Covid-19 vaccination campaign across Europe, according to data from FlightRadar24. The pilot, Samy Kramer, invited people on his Instagram account to follow...

“Everyone get vaccinated,” said one of the first vaccinated against covid-19 in Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - Sitting in a wheelchair, Doña Elizabeth Castillo Cervantes took a deep breath and closeed her eyes as she received the shot in the left shoulder. At 91 years old, Doña Elizabeth is the first person in Costa Rica to be vaccinated against...

55 Costa Ricans have already received the first dose of the covid-19 vaccine

QCOSTARICA - On Thursday, December 24, 35 seniors and workers from the Hogar Propam Fundación for seniors and 20 officials from the Specialized Center for the Care of Patients with covid-19 (CEACO) received the first dose fo the covid-19 vaccine. These people received the immunization...

Ministry of Health of Panama misinforms about vaccines purchased by Costa Rica

QCOSTARICA - It's unclear why the Ministry of Health of Panama (Minsa) issued a tweet in which it misinforms about the purchase of vaccines made by the Costa Rican government, and even declares that the number of doses they will receive will be much...

Vaccination started in Costa Rica!

QCOSTARICA - Doña Elizabeth Castillo Cervantes, 91 years old, and Don Jorge De Ford Almetlla, 72 years old, both from the Fundación Persona Adult Mayor, Propam, in San Ramón de La Unión de Tres Ríos, are the first people in Costa Rica to receive...

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