15,000 doses of Sputnik-V Vaccine to arrive in SL

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 3:11 PM May 3 2021
Local 15,000 doses of Sputnik-V Vaccine to arrive in SL

A pilot consignment of 15,000 doses of Russia's Sputnik-V vaccine is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka tonight (03).

Speaking to Ceylon Today, General Manager of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC), Dinusha Dassanayake revealed that apart from this pilot consignment, two more consignments containing 200,000 and 300,000 doses of the vaccine, respectively, are to be expected.

He confirmed that all 500,000 doses of the Sputnik-V vaccine are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka within the month of May.

SPC purchased a total of 6.5 million doses of the vaccine following the National Medicine Regulatory Authority's (NMRA) approval for the emergency usage of the vaccine within Sri Lanka.

The Sputnik V vaccine has been authorised for emergency usage in over 50 countries, while medical journals have underlined that the efficacy of Sputnik V is 91.6%.

Dassanayake noted, however, that the order in which the vaccine is to be administered is yet to be decided by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health.


Rebecca Pavey | Published: 3:11 PM May 3 2021

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