Covishield Second Jab to Commence On 19th
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Nearly 355,000 jabs from the Oxford AstraZenecca Covishield vaccine remain to be administered, Chief of the Epidemiology Unit, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said.
Dr. Samaraweera said by Saturday (10) a total 923,242 doses of the Covishield jab was administered. The Epidemiology Unit of the Health Ministry has slotted Monday (19) to commence administering the second jab.
According to the Health Ministry, Sri Lanka has received three consignments of the Covishield vaccines which comprise a total of 1.2 million doses during January, February and March 2021. A spokesperson for the Health Ministry noted that this included the Covishield doses the country got through the COVAX facility.
The Epidemiology Unit Chief said only 2,469 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine had been administered by Tuesday (06). Of them 1,983 doses were administered to Chinese nationals within Colombo city limits.
However, the People’s Movement for the Rights of Patients (PMRP) filed a Fundamental Rights petition in the Supreme Court on Friday (9), seeking an order preventing the use of the Vaccine on Sri Lankans until approval of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) was obtained.
The names of 24 persons including State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and former NMRA Chairman, Prof. Asita de Silva have been named as respondents.
The NMRA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Kamal Jayasinghe when contacted said approval was yet to be given for the vaccine. It was on special request that China donated the 600,000 doses to be given to only Chinese nationals engaged in development projects in Sri Lanka, he said.