This has been a tough year, to say the least. As Executive President of the “Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social,” the institution that provides all of Costa Rica´s public health care services, it has been my responsibility to lead the country´s healthcare response to the pandemic. This has involved expanding hospital capacity to the limit (especially in the ICU´s), addressing the financial constraints on the cost of the response and the logistical challenges in securing equipment and supplies, communication with the general public through press conferences, implementing new ways of providing health services, coordinating research efforts to better understand immunity, the evolution of COVID-19 disease and to develop possible therapies, and discussions with vaccine developers to attempt to secure timely access to a vaccine. I will be very happy when this is over.
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