WHO informs availability of COVID-19 vaccine shortly: Pavithra

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) had informed the Health Ministry that a vaccine approved by the WHO may be available for COVID-19 shortly and the ministry was preparing for that, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said yesterday.

In her reply speech on the adjournment debate, she told Parliament that the WHO had instructed the ministry to prepare the country for the vaccine.

“The WHO has advised us to prepare the country for the vaccine. They have not informed us exactly what the injection is. The ministry is preparing for that at the moment,” she said.

The Minister said even though the opposition claimed that COVID-19 had spread in the community, none of the health ministry or the epidemiology unit has confirmed it as yet.

“It is a technical matter to confirm whether COVID-19 has spread into the community. It should be done according to criteria of the WHO,” she said. (Ajith Siriwardana and Yohan Perera)

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  • Fuller Saturday, 24 October 2020 09:32 AM

    How long are you going to fool the people for? Its clear the virus is everywhere

    Fuller Saturday, 24 October 2020 09:32 AM

    How long are you going to fool the people for? Its clear the virus is everywhere

    NAD Saturday, 24 October 2020 09:40 AM

    Pl read yesterday's GMOA report before lying to the community

    Chux Saturday, 24 October 2020 09:56 AM

    Who trusts WHO???

    lal Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:14 AM

    But, did we not tell WHO that we are smarter than them.

    Sokrates Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:17 AM

    Even the vaccine is shortly available that not means it is shortly available for distribution. At first there must be factories for the manufacture of the vaccine. There will be no vaccine available in Sri Lanka before middle of next year maybe some month later, because at first the rich countries will get the vaccine.

    warren Saturday, 24 October 2020 11:48 AM

    Very true! But for 6.9 wise voters of Sri Lanka, whatever this government says is TRUE!!!

    herath Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:28 AM

    Now I am sure, She is gone all bonkers, and anyone who believe in this minister is bonkers too..!!

    Baba Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:30 AM

    Oh my God. Does WHO manufacture vaccines? This is what happens when the ministers interpret things who don't understand the healthcare domain.

    Jude Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:31 AM

    I would be lying if I said that the vaccine is Notta RISK !! However, Vaccine is the ONLY hope to overcome the pandemic situation!!

    Mirosaan Sugumar Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:33 AM

    WHO is silent to entire world. However, they informed about vaccine to SL privately. What a love.

    Suresh de Silva Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:33 AM

    Haha so pawi waiting for vaccine to finish our famous cluster ?

    Ranjan Gurusinghe Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:34 AM

    Madam Minister please be careful when you give statements to public. You said the WHO I formed that the Covid vaccine will be available shortly. It’s definitely not true. The vaccine has to go through three different trials before it’s available. No country has completed these process other than China @nd Russia where they may introduce without completing trial 3 which quite risk to use. The effective vaccine probably will be available mid next year. Please do not mislead people

    Invictusrilankan Saturday, 24 October 2020 10:39 AM

    Pfizer and Moderna are saying that the vaccine will be available for all Americans only by Next June. WHO is telling PW this BS???

    saras Saturday, 24 October 2020 11:45 AM

    Good news. But the question is very soon means how soon. Will it happen after 20A or after 19cv make us half dead and we will be lifeless to make any protests against 20A.

    Saranga W Saturday, 24 October 2020 11:47 AM

    Stop taking about Vaccine Work on containing Had you listened to mass testing this wouldn't have happened

    Odin Saturday, 24 October 2020 12:03 PM

    Who will be the first in the queue for the vacine? Your guess is as good as mine!!!

    Bon Bon Saturday, 24 October 2020 05:11 PM

    First doses will ofcourse go to the ministers.

    Buddhist Saturday, 24 October 2020 07:46 PM

    Alternative Truth Apavithra. All drugs in final stages stopped further research.

    rohitha Sunday, 25 October 2020 11:29 AM

    she must be quarantined and taken away first for giving false information to the public


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