By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Costa Rica’s Health Ministry reported an additional 1,001 new cases of COVID-19, of which 216 are by epidemiological link and 785 by laboratory, bringing the country total to 77,829 confirmed cases.

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Thirteen deaths, including the youngest death, an 18 year old woman with hypertension associated with pregnancy reported Friday brings the total to 930.

In addition, the government Friday signed an agreement with the Pfizer and BioNTech to supply its  BNT162b2 SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate.

This vaccine is mRNA-based, patented by BioNTech and supported by Pfizer’s global vaccine development and manufacturing capabilities, and is subject to successful clinical study and regulatory approval.

The government of Costa Rica would receive 3 million doses, after authorization from the Ministry of Health, so it could have coverage to grant two applications to one and a half million people.

Deliveries of the vaccines would begin in the first quarter of  2021, subject to clinical success and local regulatory approval.

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