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Sri Lanka is yet to approve the use of the Sinopharm vaccine as the Chinese authorities have yet to submit the required information to clear its use.

Cabinet co-spokesman Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that the Chinese vaccine has not yet completed phase 3 clinical trials.

He also said that the complete dossier pertaining to the registration of China’s Sinopharm vaccine has also not yet been received.

As a result, Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that Sri Lanka will depend mostly on the AstraZeneca vaccine to vaccinate 14 million people in Sri Lanka.

“For the time being, we need to go with the AstraZeneca vaccine. The moment we receive full documentation from the Chinese manufacturer we can consider registering it,” he said.

However, he said that registering the Sinopharm vaccine may take time as the World Health Organisation (WHO) is yet to approve it.

“It is still under review,” he said.

Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that even the Russian vaccine Sputnik V is yet to be approved as a result of which Sri Lanka may be compelled to depend on AstraZeneca to inoculate all 14 million people.

He also said that all the existing vaccines secured by Sri Lanka are being used as the first dose to vaccinate the public and others, including VIPs.

Dr. Ramesh Pathirana said that Sri Lanka is confident it will be able to obtain the required number of vaccines to be used as the second dose.

He insisted that there was no risk of not obtaining the required stocks for the second dose to be given within the space of three months. (Easwaran Rutnam)

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  • Jegath Wednesday, 24 February 2021 06:23 AM

    This Chinese vaccine is proven to be very effective in China and in 17 other countries including Turkey and Indonesia. So why we are behaving like the stupid West where paperwork is more important than common sense. Forget the approval and start using it immediately.

    mohamed Wednesday, 24 February 2021 09:12 AM

    its used as majority in UAE too and there wasn't any cases of side effects ,its more effective than western crap

    Dissilusioned Wednesday, 24 February 2021 12:06 PM

    Common sense in the West developped 3 reliable vaccines. More new vaccines are developped in the West too.

    Gen Wednesday, 24 February 2021 01:21 PM

    Are you from China Embassy in SL? Gen lost , we should not get anything from China. Get much money from them and don't pay them back. Soon the world will isolate China. The yellow skin swine's will have no place complain against SL.. .

    Roshan samarathunga Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:24 AM

    Don’t worry about side effects vaccinated all the VIPS and all the ministers then send them to military training

    give Wednesday, 24 February 2021 11:48 PM

    Gen:You don’t think of Sri Lankans as white, do you? Sri Lankans are nothing but untouchables in India, a low caste group. Native black


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