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Only solution for COVID-19 pandemic is vaccination: President

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The vaccination is the only solution to stop the spread of Covid-19 and that the government has a systematic and strong programme in place to vaccinate the public, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said.

He emphasized that in order to overcome this challenge, the people should strictly follow all the rules and regulations recommended by the health authorities, as they did in the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic. 

The government has made arrangements to import four of the COVID-19 vaccines currently approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and to be approved in the near future by the WHO.  

The first imported AstraZeneca vaccine has been administered to 925,242 people. The second dose of the vaccine is scheduled to be given in the first week of May. The second dose will be given to 356,000 people, including frontline health officials and tri-forces and police officers engaged in the control of COVID-19 epidemic. The government is now in talks with the rest of the pharmaceutical firms, who produce the AstraZeneca vaccine to meet the remaining demand.

200,000 doses of the Russian made “Sputnik” Covid-19 vaccine will be available by the end of April, while 400,000 doses in May, 800,000 doses in June and 1,200,000 doses in July will be available in the country. The Cabinet approval has already been granted to import 13 million doses of Sputnik vaccine.

Plans already on foot to distribute 600,000 doses of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines donated by China to the people of Sri Lanka in the next few weeks with the approval of the World Health Organization. 

In addition, the State Pharmaceutical Corporation has already signed the preliminary agreements required for the importation of the Pfizer vaccine and the Government is in the process of importing the vaccine as soon as possible.

The Head of the World Health Organization reiterated in Geneva yesterday (24) that adherence to basic public health guidelines is the backbone of the fight against the spread of COVID-19. Properly wearing a Face Mask, occasional hand washing with soap or hand disinfectants, the practice of social distancing, and avoidance of non-essential events are among the most important.

Some sections of society think that the country should be locked down for some time as a solution to control the spread of the COVID-19 menace. Although such an action may have satisfactory results at the beginning, in the long term it will have extremely detrimental effects on the lives of the people and the economy.

Developing countries such as Sri Lanka cannot take lockdown measures or impose curfews that obstruct the economic activities of the country. The majority of our country's income earners depend on informal livelihoods. Therefore, while the government is fulfilling its responsibilities, the people must fulfil their respective responsibilities and duties for the betterment of the country as well as themselves.

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  • Coronor Sunday, 25 April 2021 01:47 PM

    We also know that but, where are the vaccines?

    Siribiris Sunday, 25 April 2021 01:53 PM

    O.M.G. Great invention by our president . In time to come there may be many more .

    Era Sunday, 25 April 2021 02:15 PM

    Wow... what a brain. You must have been thinking about it for the last year or so.

    Ds Sunday, 25 April 2021 02:54 PM

    Now he has become a medical professional. Academically, most qualified company in the world.

    Lumbini Sunday, 25 April 2021 03:01 PM

    We already know that Mr. President. Impose restrictions on people's movement first so, the virus spreading is restricted. Get examples from countries such as Australia, New Zealand, etc.

    Dee Sunday, 25 April 2021 04:45 PM

    Thank you for enlightening us 'sar'!

    Nish Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:03 PM

    Yes, vaccination is the only way, not that stupid Dammika paniya. Why are you not punishing idiots like that advocating that paniya, including your own Health Minister?

    LOL Sunday, 25 April 2021 05:21 PM

    We Senior Citizens who have not got even the first dose agree with the President that the Govt. has a SYSTEMATIC and STRONG PROGRAM in place to vaccinate the public.

    IdioticBrain Sunday, 25 April 2021 08:20 PM

    Very valauble idea. Please do not disrespect our president.

    Mental Brain Monday, 26 April 2021 12:06 AM

    Oh yes, oh yes. Then what to do Sir for those under 30 years?

    Dr. Palihawadena Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:06 PM

    Oh dear, We didn’t know this. Thank you Sir

    Demuni Uduwara Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:24 PM

    Chief of the Taskforce should be replaced with one of health personnel with expertise, Covid Army is invisible with airborne virus.

    Moul Sunday, 25 April 2021 09:46 PM

    @Nish, did someone die due to dhammika paniya?

    Robert Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:06 PM

    Wow..... the government has millions and millions of vaccines.... and Sri Lankas are not willing to put those.... then you advise people to put ?

    Citizen Sunday, 25 April 2021 10:25 PM

    Tikiri mole!

    G abe Monday, 26 April 2021 12:20 AM

    Will there be negative effects if second dose cant be acquired in time? India in a bad situation, will they send us more in before it's too late?

    Neil Monday, 26 April 2021 03:01 AM

    See what's happening in India. Learn a lesson. Follow advice from medical specialists.

    NISHA Monday, 26 April 2021 03:12 AM

    If you were aware of what's happening around the world you would know that ASTRA-ZENECA VACCINE DOES NOT GIVE YOU THE IMMUNITY FROM COVID-19. INFACT IT KILLS THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE BEEN TAKING IT BY HAVING CLOTS.

    Truth matter Monday, 26 April 2021 03:23 AM

    May be there is some commission on this too like sugar case . May God protect this beautiful country from the evil eyes of rulers

    Citizen Silva Monday, 26 April 2021 03:23 AM

    No money to buy vaccines.. as most of Sri Lanka's foreign currency is going to service chinese foreign debt for which the Rajapaksa family received billions in commission. Why don't the family open up the bank accounts and buy a few million vaccine doses. They will still have hundreds of millions hidden.

    Hemantha Vithanage Monday, 26 April 2021 04:08 AM

    We do not want to know the obvious. We do not need childish talk. You must your resources prudently including your brain to say and think more productive ideas than this silly statements.

    ala Monday, 26 April 2021 05:34 AM

    ok boss

    Chathurika Monday, 26 April 2021 05:35 AM

    Wow! What a brain! Respect this man. none of us could have imagined the solutions he has come up with. Oh and BTW Moul, hats off to Dhammika paniya. No one died but the crook made millions and is now in hiding.

    Tenison Alwis Monday, 26 April 2021 06:42 AM

    EUREKA...... , I found it

    Ronnie Bugger Monday, 26 April 2021 09:24 AM

    Your systematic and strong program for COVID-19 is like a chicken without a head, that's how systemic it is.What a goof.

    Countryman Monday, 26 April 2021 10:20 AM

    Obvious to anyone. Where are vaccines. Will take months and years. Till then control is essential. Expansion of health facilities critical.

    Safe Monday, 26 April 2021 10:35 AM

    After taking the 1st one s unable to get the 2nd one That's is our plight. Why not the govt allow the pvt hospitals also to provided the vaccine so that it will reduce the workload of the govt.

    Samson Monday, 26 April 2021 11:27 AM

    Vaccination is not the only solution, it will only reduce the risk. People need to follow health guidelines which will further reduce the risk. Where are the vaccines?

    Chandima Monday, 26 April 2021 12:30 PM

    Walk the talk Mr. President without making belated statements. We feel really sorry for ourselves.

    dickie bird Monday, 26 April 2021 03:05 PM

    Hello Mr. President !! Just tell us something that we do not know Please. Its not rocket science. Just let the people know when there will be 10m vaccines available in the Country for starters.

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Monday, 26 April 2021 05:15 PM

    And why are the tourists encnaturated in level 1 hotels?

    Jehan Monday, 26 April 2021 05:23 PM

    Nandasena was staying under a stone, just woke up.


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