The Government of the Republic informs that the Manufacturing and Supply Contract of 3,000,075 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine against Covid-19 amounts to a fixed and total amount of US $ 36,000,000 (thirty-six million dollars) , which includes transportation to storage centers in Costa Rica and excludes any applicable taxes.
We are able to disclose this information because we have managed and obtained the corresponding authorization from the company Pfizer, which was communicated to us this afternoon by its General Management for Central America and the Caribbean. This allows us to fully respect the confidentiality clause that is an integral part of said contract and at the same time inform the public about the investment made to acquire the contracted doses of this vaccine.
This contract has been essential for the country to be among the first ten in the world to have access to the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, of which we have already received three deliveries, for a total of 54,600 doses, in the 14 days between on December 23, 2020 and January 5, 2021, and it is expected to continue receiving weekly deliveries throughout the year.
This rapid and continuous access to this vaccine has allowed the vaccination of the first priority group to be in full development, benefiting health personnel, police forces, firefighters and other front-line personnel in the response against the pandemic, as well as residents and staff of long-stay centers for the elderly.
The Government is committed to the continued development of this vaccination campaign, because in this way the health and lives of millions of people will be protected and, in addition, greater economic activity can be developed, supporting the recovery of employment that thousands of families need.