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Sri Lanka has ordered 13.5 million Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines from India (Representational)

Colombo:

Sri Lanka has ordered 13.5 million Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines along with the five hundred,000 doses gifted by India, and the nation could not use Chinese language vaccines within the second section of immunisation, a authorities spokesman mentioned right now.

Ramesh Pathirana, who can be the Minister of Plantations, mentioned Sri Lanka is prone to go solely with the AstraZeneca vaccines for the second section of vaccination because the Chinese language and Russian vaccines should not prepared but.

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“The Chinese language vaccine has not submitted the papers regarding section three trials, mentioned Mr Pathirana.

For the primary spherical of vaccinations, the federal government has positioned an order for 10 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India at a value of USD 52.5 million and an additional 3.5 million doses immediately from AstraZeneca Institute of UK underneath the COVAX programme, the spokesman mentioned.

India gifted 500,000 doses of the identical vaccine which kicked off Sri Lanka’s vaccine rollout in late January.

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Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanked India final month for its generosity after he acquired 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine donated by the nation underneath the ‘Neighbourhood First’ coverage.

The federal government shall be directed by the most effective medical recommendation on when the second dose ought to be given, Mr Pathirana mentioned, including that though initially it was believed that the booster jab ought to be given after 4 weeks.

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In latest weeks, well being consultants have mentioned that delaying the second dose by three months might enhance the efficacy of the vaccine.

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Final month, India introduced it can ship COVID-19 vaccines underneath grant help to Sri Lanka and 7 different international locations – Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, Afghanistan and Mauritius.

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India is among the world’s greatest drug-makers and an rising variety of international locations have already approached it for procuring coronavirus vaccines.

Sri Lanka has recorded greater than 80,500 coronavirus instances thus far with 450 deaths.
 

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