Costa Rica is preparing to purchase 14 ultra-low temperature freezers for vaccines.

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This afternoon, the CNE finalized the award for the purchase of 14 ultra-low temperature freezers. It consists of 13 ultra-low temperature freezers with a capacity of 550 liters and another freezer with a capacity of 750 liters. The awarded company was Importaciones y Exportaciones JK Altívar S.R.L

In total, the National Commission for Risk Prevention and Emergency Attention (CNE) manages six contracts related to vaccines through the Integrated Public Procurement System (SICOP), with the support of the CCSS in its capacity as Executing Unit and the Ministry of Health in its supervisory role with the National Commission of Vaccination and Epidemiology.

Other inputs that are in active processes are cotton swabs, hypodermic needles, black bags for ordinary waste and red bags for biomedical waste, the design and construction of a cold room in the Storage and Distribution (ALDI) of the Costa Rican Insurance Fund. Social (CCSS). Additionally, the process for the purchase of 6,000,000 surgical syringes has already been awarded and the purchase of 50,000 masks is in the process of preparing posters.

The total investment plan is $ 70,773,708, which includes vaccines, of which $ 857,995.98 are for complementary supplies and the rest for the purchase of vaccines, under the exception regime, via the National Emergency Fund.

This important advance occurs within the framework of the inter-institutional work to acquire the necessary supplies for the storage and application of the COVID-19 vaccine when they arrive in the country.

The Pfizer and BioNTech vaccines require a freezing state of -70 °, which is due to the type and characteristics of this vaccine. Currently this cold technology is not available in the CCSS, private hospitals, not even at an industrial level throughout the country. In the case of COVAX vaccines, the maintenance temperature will be less than -20 °.

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