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SL plans to complete mass innoculation within three months

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There is a mechanism in place to vaccinate all Sri Lankans within three months and to become the first country in the world to complete that task, Secretary to State Ministry of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and COVID-19 Disease Control Dr. Amal Harsha de Silva said yesterday.

He told Daily Mirror the Government had identified locations to set up 4,000 centres where the general public could be vaccinated.

“With this system in place, we hope that Sri Lanka will be able to complete the vaccination programme within three months and be named as the first State to do so.

The Secretary underlined that this would depend on the availability of vaccines into Sri Lanka because there is a higher demand for vaccines but less supply.

“We have already placed an order for 18 million of Covishield vaccine from India. Apart from that, we have had talks with Russia and China to bring vaccines. Also, we have taken steps to allocate two million of Pfizer vaccines,” Dr. de Silva said.

He also said that if mass inoculation was completed, it would reduce the huge amount of money that had to be spent on PCR testing.

“We spend a sum of Rs.100 million per day for PCR testing,” he added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 28

  • Sokrates Saturday, 06 February 2021 09:06 AM

    But with the printed money you can not buy a single dose of vaccine and even you can not beg 40 Million doses.

    Biggest boaster Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:09 AM

    You must be out of your mind.

    Richard Vonhagt Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:55 AM

    Oh, so now they're going to force us to get this vaccination just to prove a point to the world? Jokers.

    Liberal One Saturday, 06 February 2021 10:55 AM

    Good plan but where are the vaccines to buy? It seems even the Vaccine producing countries to are struggling to inoculate a sizable part of the population.

    Era Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:31 AM

    Dream on. Israel has innoculated 75% of the population and UAE over 25%. He is so dumb, not to be aware of world news.

    Lankan Muslim Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:21 PM

    Jealous? Or inferior-complexity?

    Chandima Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:56 AM

    New faces. New statements. Gloating about achievements. Way to go Sri Lanka. Talk the talk walk the walk. Lol.

    Roshana Saturday, 06 February 2021 11:57 AM


    Nadi Karunaratne Saturday, 06 February 2021 12:00 PM

    If big talk was money we would be the richest country on the planet.

    Saras Saturday, 06 February 2021 01:19 PM

    Good welcome move. But until such time govt. Must not import the virus with tourists from affected countries. Until the vaccination is completed the prevention is the only cure we have.

    Jeeves Saturday, 06 February 2021 01:32 PM

    Pfizer vaccines are not suited for Sri Lanka; a logistical nightmare to store at -70, and a fragile vaccine once doses are made up!

    SarangaDS Saturday, 06 February 2021 01:34 PM

    Second doses should be given to achieve desired level of immunity.

    mahinda Saturday, 06 February 2021 01:37 PM

    This is to mislead people, who not aware the world

    Michael Ranasinghe Saturday, 06 February 2021 02:09 PM

    Excellent news what you are saying is 22million in 90 days which works out to 240 plus per day . Are you willing to tender your resignation if this target is not met ?

    Talk is cheap. Now it is cheaper. Saturday, 06 February 2021 02:37 PM

    I've always said "Sri Lankan talk is cheap". Just show me the vaccine! Saturday, 06 February 2021 02:55 PM

    Dhammika Panniya යෙන් ද? Good. Tks God.

    PJS Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:04 PM

    It was mentioned in your news papers that a billion rupee cheque was to be handed over to the government by big busssinesmen to spend for the vaccine, what is the credibility of that news?

    Ranaweera Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:09 PM

    This is a typical Sri Lankan "kaivaru' or boasting without real action plan. This statement is similar to the statement made by the person who made the Paniya. Similar statements were made by Sri Lankan cricket as well before all the world cups only to realize that they could not even make to quarter finals. Sowe definitely downplay these statements of kaivariu. I am of the view that you target 3 years from now instead of 3 months at least not to become the last country to vaccinate the entire population. We will be good if we vaccinate 25% this year, 35% next year and the rest on the 3rd year. 25% this year should be for those who are at high risk of infections due to their age or job. This way you can avoid becoming a target of laughing stock.

    Big monster Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:12 PM

    Now, even Secretaries of Ministries going out of mind. they don't know their capacity and the rest of the world. :-)

    Dam Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:50 PM

    Before thinking to become WORLD's FIRST, just show us it is ready. Because now decision taken in the morning change in the afternoon.

    Jk Saturday, 06 February 2021 03:57 PM

    Sir do it first then do the talking

    Ranjan Saturday, 06 February 2021 04:54 PM

    Kathawa dolawen, gamana pying

    vithura Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:04 PM

    In the wrong profession, he should try TV entertainment!

    Ranjith Saturday, 06 February 2021 06:39 PM

    The general knowledge of most Sri Lankans is just as bad as their IQ and always think they are the best that we haven't made much progress since independence. Every time we have to rely on other countries like India and China for assistance.

    T.H.J. Pieters Saturday, 06 February 2021 07:54 PM

    That should not be impossible a task, if each of the 4000 vaccination centres could handle 50 persons per day for 100 days. On inviting "The elderly

    Kushan Sunday, 07 February 2021 09:31 AM

    mad ass. more than 1 week gone only 160 000 vaccinated out of 250 000. boasting about 600 000 per day dumb ass. They told that they will finish vaccinating 250 000 in 5 days hahahaha

    Andrew Silva Sunday, 07 February 2021 11:52 AM

    There is a good way of doing this. Give them distilled water and issue them a certificate no one will know nothing.

    Thusitha Sunday, 07 February 2021 02:54 PM

    Will this be with Ceylon vaccine?

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