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Sri Lanka’s expert committee which has been appointed to study the COVID-19 vaccines which have been produced by some countries will conclude its final recommendation as to which vaccine would be best suited for Sri Lankans, by early January, after which the government will inform the WHO, a senior official from the Health Ministry told Daily Mirror yesterday.

The committee which has been meeting since August is presently concluding its study on the vaccines and have taken into consideration several elements as to which vaccine would be best suited for Sri Lanka.

Some of the factors taken into consideration when studying the literature of the vaccines, is the temperature which it needs to be stored in and if there are any side effects.some vaccines are required to be stored in -70 degrees and -20 degrees and if Sri Lanka is to purchase these ultracold chain vaccines then facilities will have to be arranged for its delivery into the country and its necessary storage.

Stressing that still no vaccination had been approved by the Who, the official said countries were purchasing these vaccines under an emergency basis only.

“So all these factors are being evaluated and a final decision will be made as to which is best suited for Sri Lanka.so most probably we will be able to come up with some sort of workable solution by next week or early January, and we will be informing the WHO as well as our other counterparts which include the ADB, World Bank and the EU who are also assisting us,” the official said.

Initially the WHO will be providing vaccines for 20 percent of Sri Lankans free of charge after which the government will have to purchase the vaccination for the rest of the population. A separate committee is studying as to which groups will be receiving the vaccinations as soon as it arrives. Those who will be vaccinated first will be high-risk groups.

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa met a UN delegation yesterday afternoon which included UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, who Representative Dr. Razia Pendse and UNICEF Representative Tim Sutton, where the United Nations assured Sri Lanka of its support for procuring, distributing and administering the vaccine. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

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  • FF Wednesday, 23 December 2020 09:24 AM

    WE WILL PROCURE THE ONE WHO GIVES THE BEST COMMIS

    Very Concerned Wednesday, 23 December 2020 10:35 AM

    It was officially reported some months back that Britain was paying Sri Lankan doctors to test their Oxford vaccine on a sample of Sri Lankans. Now as this Oxford Vaccine is found to be not safe, we have to know what happened to those Sri Lankans who took part in the trial, secondly will the “expert committee” of Sri Lankan doctors obliged to Britain, could recommend the discredited Oxford Vaccine to Sri Lanka.

    Lalantha Wednesday, 23 December 2020 10:58 AM

    I guess they are waiting for an auspicious time like in everything else they do.

    Dragon Wednesday, 23 December 2020 11:02 AM

    I have lived 80 years in this world and I have learnt one important thing. All political leaders in the entire world are ____ing stupid.

    brainmaster Wednesday, 23 December 2020 06:02 PM

    what is this dumb committee to decide ? SL will have to take what they get free.

    foni Wednesday, 23 December 2020 09:04 PM

    Hope that Indigenous Dr in charge of sports is not in this committee, as it may be turned down.


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