*From Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Covax
Costa Rica which had a total of 143,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 has signed an agreement with Pfizer Inc and its German partner BioNTech SE to get COVID-19 vaccines in 2021.
The pharmaceutical companies will manufacture and deliver about 3 million of the vaccines to help the Central American country, the office of President Carlos Alvarado was quoted to have said
The statement added that with over 1,757 related deaths, the deliveries will be made throughout the four quarters of 2021, as established in an initial agreement announced on Oct. 1, the president’s office also said.
With this deal will Costa Rica will provide two doses to 1.5 million people and follows accords with AstraZeneca and the Covax mechanism backed by the World Health Organization.
3 million people, or almost 60% of the population will benefit as a result, officials say.
Meanwhile essential services are open in the country and public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity.
Facial shields made of either surgical or homemade, as long as they cover the nose and mouth are required in all public spaces and in all indoor settings except when eating, while alone, or in a home.
Use of facial shields is also mandatory at bus stops and public transportation