2M Sinopharm doses to arrive in Sri Lanka

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 22 2021
News 2M Sinopharm doses to arrive in Sri Lanka

More Sinopharm vaccines doses are scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka today (22), State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, Prof. Channa Jayasumana said. Accordingly, the country will receive two million doses of the Chinese coronavirus jab.

 Jayasumana said that 400,000 doses are to be transferred to the Kurunegala District, while 275 000 doses are to be sent to the Galle  District, 200,000 doses each to Badulla, Matara and Ratnapura Districts and another 100,000 doses each to the Districts of Ampara, Batticaloa, Moneragala, Nuwara Eliya, Polonnaruwa and Puttalam. 

Also 125,000 doses are to be sent to Hambantota District, he noted Meanwhile, informed sources of the Health Ministry said that Sri Lanka had received a total 1,600,000 coronavirus vaccine doses as donations.

 This comprises the first consignment 500,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, the country received from India on 28 January 2021. Subsequently, on 31 March and 26 May it received 600,000 and 500,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine as donations from China. 

Sri Lanka also purchased 500,000 doses of AstraZeneca COVISHIELD vaccine on 25 February. The country also purchased a total 180,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine. On 4 April, the country received 15,000 of Sputnik V doses and 50,000 on 27 May. It received another 50,000 doses of the Russian vaccine on 7 July. More Sputnik V doses (65,000) are scheduled to arrive on 6 November. 

Sources said that Sri Lanka had also purchased a total 115,830 doses of the Pfizer jab. This comprises the 26,910 doses it received on 5 July, 26,910 doses on 12 July and 62,010 on Monday (19). From 6 June to 11 July, Sri Lanka purchased a total 6,000,000 doses of Sinopharm, they said. 

Also on 7 March, Sri Lanka received 264,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine under the COVAX facility of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and another 1,500,100 doses of the Moderna vaccine on 16 July. The countryreceived a total 1,764,100 vaccine doses from the COVAX facility. 

Sources said that while a total 925,242 jabs of AstraZeneca had been administered as the first dose, 385,885 jabs had been given as the second dose, with 47,127 doses remaining to be administered. 

Of the Sinopharm vaccine, 4,635,090 jabs had been administered as first dose out of which 1,297,337 have been given the second dose. They said that 159,081 had been administered the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine while 14,464 had been given the second dose. Sources said that 49.081 and 107,787 had received the first doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, respectively.

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Jul 22 2021

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