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The Astra Zeneca-oxford vaccine candidate is presently seen as the best for Sri Lanka against COVID-19, an official said yesterday.

Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardane told Daily Mirror, the final decision on the use of any vaccine would, however, depend on a myriad of other factors such as approval by the World Health Organization and purchasing agreements.

Dr. Gunawardane said Sri Lanka was in touch now with different stakeholders on the availability of an effective vaccine against COVID-19. “When we decide on any vaccine, we have to think of its manufacturing level and supply arrangements. The WHO has agreed to provide 20 percent of the vaccine requirement. We have to see what would be the one that the WHO will pick,” he said.

Commenting on the strain of the Corona virus in Sri Lanka, he said the current variant was more virulent than that of the first wave. However, he said symptoms seemed to be milder than that of the last time.

“Transmissible rate of the present strain is higher than the previous one. However, symptoms are milder. Therefore, fatality rate remains low,” he said. (KELUM BANDARA)

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  • Moulan Saturday, 26 December 2020 01:29 PM

    Ohh Yes. Because its FREE.

    G G Saturday, 26 December 2020 01:39 PM

    Think Sri Lanka must be the only country in the world with it's system's run by the UN lol. Other nations decide on what the people should get not the UN. What a joke lol.

    Don Saturday, 26 December 2020 02:53 PM

    Sir, may we know based on what, that the oxford vaccine is best for sri lanka ? It has the lowest efficacy rate and they are also thinking of mixing it with sputnik v for the second dose to iimprove the efficacy .

    FF Saturday, 26 December 2020 02:59 PM

    PLS DONT SLEEP OVER DECISION MAKING. ARE YOU WAITING TO GET IT FOR FREE?

    Modaya Saturday, 26 December 2020 03:06 PM

    Surely we,re waiting for a Russian or Chinese vaccine ...they're Sri Lanka,s bestest friends

    Geetanjali Mishra Saturday, 26 December 2020 07:59 PM

    It is doing in collaboration with India serum institute. Not Russia and China

    Don Munasinghe Saturday, 26 December 2020 06:15 PM

    Do vaccinated travellers to SL still need to be quarantined for 14 days? Vaccination started in many countries, its a matter of weeks before we see vaccinated citizens and tourists.What is the policy on this?

    Nomads Saturday, 26 December 2020 06:48 PM

    Middle income countries Bangladesh ,Nepal and Maldives have ordered vaccines that will reach in Feb 2021. Sri Lanka happen now to be sadly down graded even below these asian countries in terms of economic status is still begging for funds to purchase vaccines. SL health experts are so much knowledgeable and vigilant than other countries that they are strictly waiting to follow the WHO approval guidelines when it comes to vaccines. Bunch of Jokers !!! No guts to admit the truth.

    ChanakaJ Saturday, 26 December 2020 06:56 PM

    Definitely the better vaccine for Sri Lanka, and the Oxford group are planning to roll out vaccine on cost basis, not profit. So, cost effective too.

    PD Saturday, 26 December 2020 08:36 PM

    What is up with Daily Mirror not publishing comments? What is your problem? You expect us to keep engage with this platform and when you don't publish well though-out responses?

    Nomads Saturday, 26 December 2020 09:01 PM

    SL has no option but to listen to what WHO says when SL is down graded badly. Our honourable health experts will be compel to look for cost effective options when other south Asian countries have all ready ordered there share to rcv. Very sad story.

    Nomads Saturday, 26 December 2020 09:01 PM

    SL has no option but to listen to what WHO says when SL is down graded badly. Our honourable health experts will be compel to look for cost effective options when other south Asian countries have all ready ordered there share to rcv. Very sad story.

    Terrence Saturday, 26 December 2020 09:33 PM

    Why does Sri Lanka want the Vaccination. What happened to the Dhammika

    Ghty Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:03 PM

    Do not help Bill Gates to be world's No: 1 richest person forever.

    Srilankan Saturday, 26 December 2020 10:24 PM

    Dhammika penee is only for VIPs.

    Demuni Uduwara Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:34 AM

    As we don't have funds we can't decide independently. Alas !

    Siva Sunday, 27 December 2020 12:47 AM

    Astra Zenaka the oxford university vaccine The real brain behind this vaccine is a Sri Lankan how many Sri Lankans know it. A lady from the country played a major part in its development. The rich countries where many displaced Sri Lankans live have already paid for and secured 10 times their own requirements. Its best for Sri Lankan politicians to think and utilize the Sri Lankans whom they chased away to solve this problem perhaps without any monetary cost. help develop the Vaccines ne

    saman Sunday, 27 December 2020 01:43 AM

    For all other internal matters, we disagree with the UN but for the vaccine, we need UN's blessings.

    Gamunu Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:48 AM

    Depends on which company offers the highest commission. That is the only decision making criteria in Sri Lanka.

    munas Thursday, 31 December 2020 08:26 PM

    sri-lankan politicians are planing to sell it at a higher price on blackmarket


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