Sri Lanka to receive 20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccines

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COLOMBO, March 26 (Xinhua) — Sri Lanka will receive 20,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V anti-COVID-19 vaccine next month, State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said here Friday.

Jayasumana said Sri Lanka will receive the first batch most likely before the local Sinhala and Tamil New Year next month.

The cabinet earlier this week granted approval to purchase 7 million doses of Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccines from Russia, the minister said.

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 Britain to purchase at least 8.5 million doses once it received local approval from the National Medicines Regulatory Authority.

The official said discussions were also ongoing with Johnson and Johnson to purchase its anti-COVID-19 vaccines and order would be placed once local approval is granted.

Sri Lanka is presently in the midst of a mass scale vaccination program as it began vaccinating all those above 30 in the urban Western Province from mid-February, after vaccinating front line workers and health workers with the AstraZeneca doses. Enditem

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