Nearly 70,000 administered with AstraZeneca; over 10M Lankans partially vaccinated

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:09 AM Aug 2 2021
Local Nearly 70,000 administered with AstraZeneca; over 10M Lankans partially vaccinated

A total of 69,266 people received the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine yesterday (01).

The administration of the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine began yesterday, after a consignment of 728,460 doses of the British jab arrived in Sri Lanka on 31 July.

Accordingly, 925,242 persons have received the first jab of the vaccine, whilst 455,151 persons have been administered the second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Meanwhile, a total of 8,077,072 people have received the first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine, while 1,785,641 have been administered the second dose. 

The first dose of the Sputnik vaccine has been administered to 159,081 people, whilst 14,503 have received the second dose, and 714,091 persons have received the first jab of America's Moderna vaccine. 

Moreover, statistics provided by the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health also showed that 201,495 persons received the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine, whilst 192 persons received the second dose.

According to the Health Ministry, over 10 million persons have been administered with at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Director-General of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended Sri Lanka's COVID-19 vaccination drive.

"Glad to see that #SriLanka is on track to fully vaccinate 10% of its population ahead of the #VaccinEquity September target! Thanks to the Government and people of Sri Lanka for their efforts, and continued vigilance on proven public health and social measures to suppress the virus", Ghebreyesus tweeted.

Rebecca Pavey | Published: 11:09 AM Aug 2 2021

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