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)
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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