Sri Lanka to obtain 20,000 doses of Russian vaccine

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will receive 20,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19 next month, a Minister announced. It was announced by the Srilanka State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana.  The country will receive the first batch most likely before the local Sinhala and Tamil New Year, according to reports.

The cabinet earlier this week granted approval to purchase 7 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccines, the Minister said. The official added that discussions were also ongoing with Johnson and Johnson to purchase its vaccines and orders would be placed once local approval is granted.

Meanwhile, with India restricting its exports on the AstraZeneca vaccines, an official from Sri Lanka's State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) told Xinhua that the SPC had begun discussions with AstraZeneca in the UK to purchase at least 8.5 million doses once it received local approval from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

Sri Lanka is presently in the midst of a mass-scale vaccination program as it began inoculating all those above 30 in the urban Western Province from mid-February after frontline and health workers were administered the AstraZeneca jabs.

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