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The Government has decided to purchase nine million Oxford AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccines, Secretary to State Ministry of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said today.

He said Head of the Presidential Task Force for Sri Lanka's COVID- 19 vaccination drive Lalith Weeratunga had informed them the necessity to purchase nine million COVISHIELD vaccines with immediate effect.

"This was informed during a discussion held with him and other stakeholders yesterday," he said.

“Accordingly, we will take appropriate action to purchase the said number of vaccines from India. The consignment of vaccines is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka in February through the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation " he added.

Meanwhile, it was reported that the vaccination drive on people above 60 years will commence from the first week of March.

The vaccination programme in the county commenced on January 29. Initially, the vaccination programme was carried out at six hospitals in Colombo, whereas now it has covered the entire country.

According to the Epidemiology Unit, a total number of 118,767 frontline worker have been vaccinated until last afternoon.

The Health authorities said the Government targets its first vaccination programme to complete vaccinating 250,000 frontline workers. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 14

  • Jaffna logic Wednesday, 03 February 2021 04:38 PM

    I'd die rather take Damika Paniya

    joseph Wednesday, 03 February 2021 04:41 PM

    It must be good if it is formulated in UK

    Manel fonseka Wednesday, 03 February 2021 06:06 PM

    Belgian regulators advise against giving AstraZeneca Covid vaccine to over-55s !!!!!!!!! This is the Oxford vaccine

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 03 February 2021 06:51 PM

    Who is the garbage using my ID and posting a comment ?

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 03 February 2021 07:00 PM

    Some one using my ID has put a comment “ I’d die rather take Damika Paniya “. Daily Mirror should identify this person, believed to be working at the DM office and paid by the Indians to create confusion in Sri Lanka. I am also notifying the authorities about this dangerous individual who is part of an advanced Vanguard to undermine Sri Lanka at every turn. Again let me say, this Sri Lankan traitor works for daily mirror

    Dasa P Wednesday, 03 February 2021 07:18 PM

    Finally something that makes sense!

    Jaffna Logic Wednesday, 03 February 2021 07:23 PM

    I categorically state that I didn’t make the above comment “ I’d die rather take Damian Paniya”. This misleading comment is made by an Indian paid madman working for the daily mirror and using my ID. I am asking the Daily Mirror to identify this person in the daily mirror office. This traitor to Sri Lanka , believed to be half Indian, is a threat to Lanka.

    Saman from Sri Lanka Wednesday, 03 February 2021 08:51 PM

    Why no Ceylon vaccine?

    Kandy Budhist Thursday, 04 February 2021 01:13 AM

    Germany recommends AstraZeneca COVID vaccine only for people under 65

    Ali akbar Thursday, 04 February 2021 01:40 AM

    People if you want to take the vaccine take otherwise its your choice. Most of these idiotic people does not realise 90 percent of drugs you consume in srilanka from India. UK won't give you vaccine Europe is fighting with each other for vaccine. Use your brain for once

    saman Thursday, 04 February 2021 02:25 AM

    Sri Lanka has more than 20 million people. To be effective, AstraZeneca needs two doses to be administered 20 odd days apart.

    Nawaz Thursday, 04 February 2021 06:06 AM

    One Law, One Country, One Prescription.

    Ting Tong Thursday, 04 February 2021 06:29 AM

    Good! Start with the 225 in parliament and we will allow the elderly to vaccinate after v observe the side effects...

    brainmaster Thursday, 04 February 2021 03:53 PM

    only 9 mio.....? We need totally 44 mio to vaccinate everybody.


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