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SPC secures 32mn doses of COVID-19 vaccines

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The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation of Sri Lanka (SPC) has been able to secure 32 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines for Sri Lanka, SPC Chairman Dr Prasanna Gunasena said.

He said this during a meeting held with President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and other officials at the Presidential Secretariat today.

Dr Gunasena said according to the Epidemiology Unit, a total of 29 million doses are required to vaccinate population above 20 years of age.

"Accordingly, 13 million doses of Sputnik-V, 5 million doses of Pfizer and 14 million doses of Sinopharm vaccines have been secured," Dr Gunasena said.

"These vaccines are expected to arrive before December 31 this year. It should be noted that we have secured additional doses of three million," he underlined.

"In addition, the US State Department is to give 2-5 million doses of AstraZeneca out of which 600,000 doses are expected to come by June. Also, a stock of 300,000 Pfizer vaccines would arrive in July," he said.

"As far as delivery schedule is concerned, 100,000 of Sputnik-V and 500,000 of Sinopharm vaccines are expected to arrive next Monday while one million doses of Sputnik-V and three million of Sinopharm are expected to be delivered in the month of June," Dr Gunasena added. (Sheain Fernandopulle)


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  • RoaringCreek Friday, 21 May 2021 08:10 PM

    The dates given are very ambiguous. Does he know that June is just 10 days away.

    Sambo Friday, 21 May 2021 08:14 PM

    So those who took their first vaccine of Sinopharm vaccines in March will have to wait until December for the jab means they may be dead and gone. Generally it has to be taken between 8 to 12 weeks if not it will not be effective.

    Upali Friday, 21 May 2021 08:20 PM

    There is a significant crowd awaiting for second jabs of Covishield and it has not been resolved as yet.Now the time stipulated for second jab is already passed.

    Lanka Friday, 21 May 2021 08:58 PM

    Great work. Hats off.

    Mahi R Friday, 21 May 2021 09:34 PM

    Dear Dr Prasanna Gunasena, very good job! I would like to know what is the number of population of SL?

    Boris Vanculenberg Friday, 21 May 2021 11:06 PM

    Your calculation is stupid! Also by Dec 31, half of the population would have been dead

    Senior Citizen Friday, 21 May 2021 11:21 PM

    How many in the target group are still without even the first dose ?

    Sinnah Friday, 21 May 2021 11:23 PM

    Is he meant the dates are in 2022 or 2021. Not very clear

    VJ Saturday, 22 May 2021 12:21 AM

    Seeing is believing.

    Demuni Uduwara Saturday, 22 May 2021 04:40 AM

    You all have got up now !

    hope springeth eternal Saturday, 22 May 2021 04:50 AM

    ' Seeing is believng ' Dr. Gunasena. fairytales amuse kids but not corona patiients. 'Umma Devi' also banished corona from the country 19th april 2020, but it came back illegally to stay and even slept with her !!!

    Jayaman Abeysinghe Saturday, 22 May 2021 04:56 AM

    21.8 million population is Sri Lanka and for each person need 2 doses 43.6 million doses needed. So atleast this amount secured is enough rather than nothing. @Mahi R

    Jude Saturday, 22 May 2021 05:15 AM

    Somebody gonna get Rich ,!!

    Ralaharamy Saturday, 22 May 2021 05:28 AM

    You should use the word "ORDERED" instead of secured. Tell us how many have you RECEIVED and how many of them have you USED. You are giving a misleading picture to the country.

    Dingi Maama Saturday, 22 May 2021 05:42 AM

    You are evading the real issue by not reporting what will be done for those who received AstraZeneca vaccine waiting for the second dose. Where were you last year when a proper plan should have been put into place including the budget allocation. It is a total failure.

    Hishan Saturday, 22 May 2021 06:15 AM

    Stop talking and give second jabs of covisheld

    Peter Saturday, 22 May 2021 06:35 AM

    Numbers, numbers and numbers that's all. God only knows by December how many people will be no more and when December comes it will be another fairy tale story. God help us all to overcome these conmen

    Premalal Perera Saturday, 22 May 2021 07:31 AM

    Before 31st December? What would happen by then. The rest of the world on the other hand will not want the vaccine because the virus would have been long gone.

    Dee Saturday, 22 May 2021 10:06 AM

    Now tell us, has these been put into the 'system'? Because now not only you, but the whole country is getting 'panic'!


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