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Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said today that they expect to obtain the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Communicable Diseases (ACCD) that was studying the possibility of using Pfizer vaccine as the second dose for those who had received Astrazeneca (Covishield) jabs as their first dose, within the next two weeks.

She told Parliament that the Government was making every effort and was engaged in diplomatic level discussions with other countries to procure the shortfall of 582,000 Covishield vaccines to be given as the second dose.

The Minister said if all the efforts fail, steps would be taken to provide the Pfizer vaccine as the second dose.

" Sri Lanka expects to receive 264,000 Covishield vaccines under COVAX facility. A large number of countries have conducted studies on the possibility of mixing Covid vaccines and come out with positive results. We are hoping to obtain the recommendations of the ACCD and the expert committee within the next two weeks,” she said while responding to a question raised by Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa.

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  • RoaringCreek Wednesday, 23 June 2021 07:12 PM

    She and the Sri Lanka Medical Fraternity has nothing new to decide. In the UK when the AstraZeneca first dose. For these people the NHS trialed using the Pfizer as second dose with positive results. So Sri Lanka has nothing new to decide. Just give the jab.

    Lionel Liyanage Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:43 PM

    Agree. Canada is already giving mRNA (Pfyzer or Moderna) as second vaccine dose for those who recived AZ as first dose.

    Lal Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:06 PM

    You are spoiled the government. about coronavirus knowledge zero.

    Sumal Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:24 PM

    Today German chancellor Angela Merkel has done the same thing. That mean you do not need to wait for another 2 weeks, German science has confirmed it.

    Chris Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:32 PM

    This woman is the disaster. Did she not see the German Chancellor had taken AZ as first and Moderna as second. She is just delaying on purpose.

    Russell C Chitty Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:39 PM

    Rusty -- Can we believe anything this woman says. Whenever the government is stuck because of its vaccination muddle the result is more confusion. The health minister is utterly incompetent.

    Rebekka Mujagic Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:41 PM

    In other countries they already approved, so whats to decide. Get Pfizer and Moderna and START giving the 2nd jab. End of discussion

    Pani akki Wednesday, 23 June 2021 08:48 PM

    Aney how about a dose of pani in a pot

    ANTON Wednesday, 23 June 2021 09:19 PM

    SHE IS VERY TALENTED AT MIXING UP THINGS.

    vince Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:13 PM

    was she fined when she endorsed the paniya scam?

    Dr. Who Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:16 PM

    It's not like mixing garam masala. Each and every manufacturers are different and need approval from them as well as a world bodies like WHO, FDA, CDA etc. Anyways appreciate your experimental ideas.

    Sailor Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:18 PM

    Are you still around? thought you had jumped into the sea!!

    Raj Wednesday, 23 June 2021 10:30 PM

    How about Pani as an injections?


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