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UNP urges Govt. to clarify quantity of Covid vaccines expected in country

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The United National Party (UNP) yesterday urged the Government to clarify the confusion surrounding the number of COVID-19 vaccine doses which Sri Lanka is to receive shortly.

Speaking to media at Sirikotha, UNP member Sudath Jayasundera, questioned the Government on the contradiction in numbers related to the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine which are allegedly purchased by the authorities. “According to the Army Commander, a consignment of 500,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine are expected to arrive in the country this week. However, there is no indication of the origin of these vaccines.the Chairman of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority told media over the weekend that the World Health Organisation approval for the Oxford-Astrazeneca vaccine was still pending, and they were hopeful this would be provided within the week.this approval is necessary for Sri Lanka to receive the vaccine via the COVAX facility. With the delay in the arrival of the vaccines via the WHO, the UNP requests the Government to elaborate as to where these 500,000 doses are being provided from,” he said. Furthermore, there was confusion over the total number of COVID-19 vaccines that the country was expecting.“at present the country is in possession of 500,000 Oxford-astrazeneca doses gifted by the Indian Government. (YOHAN PERERA)

  Comments - 4

  • Prof Jey R Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:32 AM

    Don't get the Chinese Stuff... Unless if it's approved by WHO or EU... Virus' came from China!! Vaccine should come from WHO!

    RoaringCreek Tuesday, 16 February 2021 09:58 AM

    The Sri Lanka government is stone broke. Sri Lanka is now under "Vendesi" rule after the "Landesi" era. Sri Lanka is begging for vaccines. As a beggar on the street will not know is collection at the end of the day, Sri Lanka does not know the total number of vaccines doses it will receive. Do not ask for feathers from a tortoise.

    Jayapala Sominona Tuesday, 16 February 2021 06:01 PM

    Tell RW to go on a HUNGER STRIKE!

    Palitha Tuesday, 16 February 2021 11:06 PM

    Better to ask in parliament

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