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SL to vaccinate 14mn of total population: Cabinet nod to purchase 10mn doses

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The Cabinet has granted approval to purchase 10 million Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccines at the cost of US$ 52.5 million as direct procurement from the Serum Institute in India.

In addition, the government also to enter into an agreement between AstraZnera institute in Britain and Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation to buy 3.5 million vaccines manufactured by the AstraZnera institute.

The Health Ministry said the government has plans to vaccinate 14 million people out of the country's total population against COVID-19 epidemic.

The Cabinet also approved to sign the Standardized Indemnification Agreement submitted by the COVAX mechanism in order to expedite the vaccination programme under COVAX facility.

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  • Imthiyas mohamed Tuesday, 23 February 2021 02:29 PM

    But the srilankans dont want the vaccine from India. We want good vaccine from western countries please and another thing is vaccine has pig substances. Its not hallal and haram

    Imthiyas Tuesday, 23 February 2021 02:31 PM

    No no Indian vaccine want western one. This is not hallal and haram

    Sokrates Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:39 PM

    You have the choice between getting vaccinated or dying. Beggars cannot make demands, especially objections on religious grounds.

    Peacemaker Tuesday, 23 February 2021 02:39 PM

    There’s no direct procurement, Serum Institute contractually can only sell to Indian government, SL have to buy from Indian government SL will be at the bottom of the list of recipients and delivery schedule

    Truth Hurts Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:19 PM

    Bangladesh bought the vaccine for $4 We are buying for $5.25. Who is pocketing the difference? Why can’t we negotiate a proper deal?

    Sokrates Tuesday, 23 February 2021 05:41 PM

    According to the motto: with a four-horse carriage to the poor house.

    Buddhist Tuesday, 23 February 2021 07:47 PM

    How stupid is this Govt not to get over 44 million (22 M x 2) vaccinations?


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