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China gives one dose of Sinopharm vaccine at higher price to Sri Lanka?

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Responding to reports that China has given one dose of Sinopharm vaccine at a higher price ($15) to Sri Lanka than it has given to Bangladesh ($10), Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals State Minister Professor Channa Jayasuma said there is no such an agreement to give the vaccine at $10 for Bangladesh.

He said they had been informed by the Chinese Embassy and the Sinopharm company that there is no such an agreement to give the vaccine at $10 for Bangladesh.

The State Minister said the procurement agreement of Bangladesh is still under discussion.

A stock of 20 million of China’s Sinopharm vaccines is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka next month. It is reported that Sri Lanka has purchased one dose of the vaccines at $15.

However, Sri Lanka is reported to have purchased one dose of AstraZeneca vaccine for $5.50.

Meanwhile, Director-General of Health Services Dr Asela Gunawardena said they had obtained the Sinopharm vaccines at the minimum cost.

He said they had procured the vaccines under the due tender procedure and after meetings held via zoom technology with relevant officials.

“We have procured the vaccines with the minimum cost we could and at a competitive price,” he said.

“The prices of COVID-19 vaccines ranges from $18 to $40. The prices are subject to changes due to numerous reasons,” the Health DG underlined.

Meanwhile, referring to social media reports, the Chinese Embassy of Sri Lanka said the Bangladesh has not yet finalized their procurement agreement including pricing.

“We checked with Chinese Embassy in Dhaka as well as #Sinopharm group. Bangladesh Health Minister has clarified last week that their procurement agreement including pricing is not finalized yet. The fake news on social media has already disturbed their ongoing negotiation,” the Chinese Embassy said. (Sheain Fernandopulle)

  Comments - 33

  • ravin Sunday, 30 May 2021 06:33 PM

    Aha !!! buy one get one for free.

    Aweej Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:51 PM

    I urge GOV to let private parties to bring VACs down. Then people who can afford will get VACs as they wish. Then, Gov to look after only others

    Eichmann Bernhard (Germany) Sunday, 30 May 2021 06:38 PM

    In addition, they have certainly still got land. It would be better to ask how much land and at what price.

    Sam Silva Sunday, 30 May 2021 06:55 PM

    Reading news is one story and believing them is another. The common man is the one who suffers most

    Mokan Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:00 PM

    True colour of Chinese is coming out.

    Kosappu Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:01 PM

    May be $ 5 commission

    MUNAS Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:02 PM


    Kumar Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:06 PM

    A Rs. 60 Billion deal at 3 times the Indian Covi Shield from the country which gave the virus free. Enough to purchase Colombo fort Land and we call them dearest friends and despise the Indian Brother. There is a wide variation in price where is the moral responsibility from the country who produce other products efficiently at a very competitive price.

    Mohamed Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:07 PM

    So much for a friendly country. Why not get the AstraZeneca?

    RoaringCreek Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:11 PM

    This is a thriving blackmarket and the intermediates make money. In Sri Lanka we know who the third parties are. The buds bloom.

    vithura Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:27 PM

    Buying Chinese crap for almost three times price of Astra Zeneca! No developed nation would touch it with a barge pole.

    Samson Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:29 PM

    How does he know what Bangladesh paid?

    kumar Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:32 PM

    Dont worry the money is only circulated within the country its only between our Chinese so why worry ?

    Smart A Sunday, 30 May 2021 07:35 PM

    First give virus free of charge then give vaccine for a fee

    Hassanda Sunday, 30 May 2021 08:10 PM

    We Thought China gifted Sinopharm Vaccine Free because Rajapakse’s Gave Paradise Lanka To China for free for 99 years Now the currency is Dual exchange Yuan

    Bandusiri Sunday, 30 May 2021 08:13 PM

    Only 10% increased to 50%. No worries.

    Colin Sunday, 30 May 2021 08:42 PM

    Come on China give it to us free as we are one of your closest friend

    Nithya Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:09 PM

    Otherwise how will they pay hefty commissions to our criminals?

    hari M Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:39 PM

    Please don't complain, they gave you the virus for free.

    SL Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:58 PM

    First spread the virus for free and then crush the country with Vaccine price. It's a bitter truth that China has won the world war 3 without a bullet but with a Virus!! how can the Chino pharm price be 3-4 times higher than any other Vaccine Do we have money to buy this Vaccine with such a higher price!! Shame on you china!!

    George M Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:59 PM

    Just google "Bangladesh Sinopharm vaccine cost". It is $10!

    John Forst Sunday, 30 May 2021 09:59 PM

    Foreign spouses (Europe) must have a nonsensical medical test performed at $75,- including malaria?, in order to get a spouse resident visa. Stealing from foreigners!! Now you have been scammed by your Chinese friends ( Karma)?

    Kapila Sunday, 30 May 2021 10:33 PM

    How could anyone trust a vaccine made by the CCP? They lied about the virus in the first place. What makes you think they are not lying about their sinopiss vaccine?

    Dingi Maama Sunday, 30 May 2021 10:42 PM

    He should understand; No free lunches. That is the norm of the business world.

    Duminda Sunday, 30 May 2021 10:47 PM

    Sinopharm is the best vaccine in the world. It has been proven to work in China and world. China is most developed country and exporting products to thousands of countries in the world. Also they are enemy of India. We must partner with China and develops China sinopharm vaccine for Sri Lanka and the world made in Sri Lanka.

    Ranaweera Sunday, 30 May 2021 10:49 PM

    Sputnik V is only USD 10. It is more effective for all age groups. China one is not good for people above 60 or below 30. USA paid only USD 2.75 per dose for AstraZeneca. The vaccines are sold at different prices for different countries.

    Silva Sunday, 30 May 2021 10:56 PM

    One day every country will find out who is China really. But then it is too late. They made the virus, now they are selling a half baked vaccine. It's not the same as the chinese leaders and the military was given. Not a single chinese politician or military higher up got ill.

    Mohamed Salman Sunday, 30 May 2021 11:14 PM

    50% of commission has added to cost

    VJ Sunday, 30 May 2021 11:59 PM

    There is no doubt a lot of well connected people are making millions under the cover of the pandemic. This is another one, $5 for every vaccine.

    Lahiru Monday, 31 May 2021 12:56 AM

    $5 commission to Rajapakse family as they gave to MR when they put carpet road in this island.

    Demuni Uduwara Monday, 31 May 2021 01:33 AM

    Convert to Sputnik V, price of which is $10. China usually is famous for making toys. Sri Lanka too has now become their toy.

    Ramesh Monday, 31 May 2021 03:01 AM

    Write off another portion of land in Sri Lanka, then you will get it for a cheap rate. Rajapakses never bother about anything.

    Kumara Monday, 31 May 2021 03:13 AM

    Further debt trap-resulting land grab.

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