Sinopharm booster shot for Chinese nationals in SL

Tharaka Samman (RP) | Published: 6:32 PM Oct 22 2021
Local Sinopharm booster shot for Chinese nationals in SL

A Covid-19 vaccination drive began today (22), administering a booster shot of the Sinopharm vaccine to all Chinese nationals residing and working in Sri Lanka.


The news was confirmed by Regional Epidemiologist, Colombo, Dr. Dinuka Guruge.


Speaking on the matter, she explained that the decision was taken owing to the fact that the Sinopharm vaccine was first administered to Chinese nationals, even before to the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) giving its approval for the vaccine.


Earlier this year, nearly 3,000 Chinese nationals residing and working in Sri Lanka were prioritised during the launch of the Sinopharm inoculation drive, upon the request of the Chinese Embassy.



Meanwhile, when inquired about the administration of a booster shot of the Chinese vaccine for Sri Lankan nationals, sources at the Embassy claimed that the matter concerned the ‘internal affairs of Sri Lanka’, and thereby refrained from commenting. 

Tharaka Samman (RP) | Published: 6:32 PM Oct 22 2021

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