On Wednesday, President Carlos Alvarado, in his first two days here, received Le Drian and agreed to urge the international community to increase goals and ambitions to curb global warming and find concrete solutions to protect biodiversity.
“It gives us great pleasure to have the Chancellor’s presence in our country, where France and Costa Rica share important goals and ambitions in environmental matters, and for this reason we are very satisfied to continue to strengthen those ties that will allow us to protect our ecosystems and our seas,” Alvarado said.
For his part, Le Drian extended an invitation to the Costa Rican President from his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron to participate in the One Ocean Summit to be held in Brest in February 2022, a global summit that seeks to define specific measures to protect the oceans of the entire planet, jointly organized by Paris and the United Nations.
Shortly before that, Le Drian and the Costa Rican Foreign Minister, Rodolfo Solano, signed a joint statement and declaration on marine biodiversity and a letter of intent on the establishment and status of the French Development Agency in Costa Rica.
In the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, the two ministers reiterated their support for the WHO’s COVAX mechanism, and their joint efforts to ensure equitable access to vaccines.
In this regard, Le Drian announced a donation to Costa Rica of 20,070 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine from the Pfizer / BioNTech consortium under Covax.
Meanwhile, the Costa Rican Institute for Research and Education in Nutrition and Health this Friday identified three new cases of the micronized variant of SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, Health Minister Daniel Salas said.
In the audio distributed by social networks, Salas specified that with these three new cases, Costa Rica reaches four positives for Ómicron, which is considered more contagious than all previous cases.
He said the new positives are a foreigner with a history of traveling to Africa and two Costa Ricans with a history of traveling to the United States and Europe, respectively.
Salas indicated that all cases are stable and do not require hospitalization, noting that they are working on the epidemiological investigation of the cases and their contacts.
Upon learning of the confirmation of these three cases, the government emphasized that this did not mean changes to the current measures, but it reiterated its call for residents to double compliance with self-care protocols, and much more on these festive dates.
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