SL to receive 15,000 Sputnik V doses today
By Dilanthi Jayamanne
Sri Lanka was scheduled to receive 15,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine during the early hours of today (4), General Manager of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC), Dinusha Dassanayake said. Dassanayake said yesterday (3) the vaccine doses were arriving as a pilot consignment.“We would have to submit a report on receiving it, following which Russia would send 200,000 more doses of the vaccine over a limited period,” he said.
Meanwhile, Assistant Secretary of the Government Medical Officers’ Association (GMOA), Dr. Naveen D. Zoysa, said there was a misconception that the Oxford-AstraZenecaCovishield jab would protect those who received the first dose from contracting the virus.Contrary to expectations, several persons who received the first dose have also been infected.
He said the first jab only gave the recipient a buffer against certain complications and prevented disease spread.Therefore, the second dose only enhanced these two possibilities. “That was why the United Kingdom (UK) ordered several times more than was required to give its population,” Dr. Zoysa said.
Chief Epidemiologist, Dr. Sudath Samaraweera, said the time lapse between the two doses of Covishield would not affect the immunity of the recipients of the first dose according to the WHO.There were government to government talks to obtain the same not only between India and Sri Lanka, but also with other countries who were producing the Oxford-AstraZenecaCovishield jab, he said.