Pfizer vaccine gets green light
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
The Advisory Committee of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has given the green light for the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine, State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Infectious Diseases and COVID Control, Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle said.
Dr. Fernandopulle said as a result, the State Pharmaceutical Corporation (SPC) has ordered 5 million doses of the Pfizer jab. She said the vaccine had earlier received the approval of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Meanwhile, the Sputnik V jab was administered to 669 persons in Gothatuwa on Thursday (6) when the vaccine was first rolled out.
Sri Lanka received 15,000 doses of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine and is scheduled to receive more once its Russian manufacturers are satisfied that the country is able to meet the logistics and cold chain required. SPC General Manager, Dinusha Dassanayake, when contacted, said tentatively more doses of the Sputnik V jab would reach Sri Lanka towards the end of May 2021. Fielding questions he said that the Pfizer COVID-19 jab too would tentatively reach the country by June or July this year.