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China says ma­jor­ity of Sinopharm vac­cines for lo­cal cit­i­zens

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Sri Lanka will re­ceive 600,000 doses of China's Sinopharm vac­ci­na­tions on March 31 and pri­or­ity will be given for Sri Lankan cit­i­zens when ad­min­is­ter­ing the vac­cines while only 1 per­cent of the to­tal amount to be de­liv­ered will be for Chi­nese na­tion­als re­sid­ing here, an of­fi­cial from the Chi­nese Em­bassy in Sri Lanka said.

The Em­bassy of­fi­cial told the Daily Mir­ror that the vac­cines were a do­na­tion to the Sri Lankan govern­ment from China and it was the Sri Lankan govern­ment who of­fered the vac­cines to the Chi­nese na­tion­als re­sid­ing in the coun­try.

China's Sinopharm vac­cine is pro­duced by the China Na­tional Biotec Group (CNBG) – a sub­sidiary of China Na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Group Cor­po­ra­tion. Clin­i­cal tri­als run by the Sinopharm showed that it had an ef­fi­cacy rate of 79 per­cent.

How­ever the Sinopharm has run into con­tro­versy in the coun­try af­ter State Min­is­ter of Pro­duc­tion, Sup­ply and Reg­u­la­tion of Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals Prof. Channa Jaya­sumana said re­cently that it had re­ceived ap­proval for emer­gency use by the NMRA.

How­ever this ap­proval is yet to be of­fi­cially con­veyed to the State Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Cor­po­ra­tion who is the main in­sti­tu­tion plac­ing or­ders with coun­tries to pur­chase the vac­cines.(Darshana Sanjeewa Balasuriya)

  Comments - 15

  • Jude Saturday, 27 March 2021 09:20 AM

    Yeah, keep it you may need it !??

    pradeep Saturday, 27 March 2021 09:51 AM

    first vaccinate all the Chinese living in this country and see if there are any side effects before vaccinating the SL citizens

    Selvakumar Saturday, 27 March 2021 10:39 AM

    It’s vaccines for all citizens, !!!

    Joseph. W Saturday, 27 March 2021 10:47 AM

    Yes please vaccinate , winnie the pooh's people first. This menace is orginating from China, let them have the first dose of it. Winnie the Pooh has been running a campaign to deny it comes from his country China.

    Chris Saturday, 27 March 2021 12:28 PM

    Majority of 600,000 vaccines for Chinese citizens. does it mean 300, 000 chinese in the country?

    Ranaweera Saturday, 27 March 2021 12:38 PM

    Sinopharm vaccine is being administered in many countries. I do not understand why Sri Lankans are making a big fuss here. Sajith and party are postponing their vaccines because they want to wait for the most expensive vaccine Pfizer. Let us see what he takes. I am telling you now he is going to take Pfizer.

    Prof Jey R Saturday, 27 March 2021 12:54 PM

    Is it approved by WHO !? Chinese badu not sure... Even their phones and chargers dont work properly with poor quality.. how can we trust their vaccine'

    Vaas Saturday, 27 March 2021 05:05 PM

    Is this Vaccine approved by WHO? If it is not, then why has World Health Organization has not approved yet the Chinese vaccine?

    Sathish Seevaratnam Saturday, 27 March 2021 09:47 PM

    Why is China hell bent on donating their vaccine to Srilanka? Do they want to use us as human trials for its un approved vaccine?

    Charmaine Sunday, 28 March 2021 01:06 AM

    I will not take it, safe to take the AstraZeneca. Yes has WHO approved it?

    Abhaya Premawardena Sunday, 28 March 2021 01:41 AM

    This vaccine is being used everywhere in the world but it is not good enough for our Medical Professionals who are waiting for Oxford approval of indian garbage.

    kash Sunday, 28 March 2021 01:52 AM

    Im Indian. Reading the comments section, Srilankan citizens dont like Indians, dont trust chinese, dont want muslims. Whom do they trust as common man?

    Demuni Uduwara Sunday, 28 March 2021 03:27 AM

    Has Sinopharm vaccine approved by our Regulator?

    K Perera Sunday, 28 March 2021 07:57 AM

    Pretty soon all living in SL are destined to become Chinese citizens.

    Xia Chan Monday, 29 March 2021 02:23 AM

    Who approved this vaccine???

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