The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Palitha Abekoon said that the first CoVid-19 vaccine from the Covax organization can be expected to reach in Sri Lanka by the middle of February this year.
The World Health Organization was decided to donate the Covax’s vaccine to Sri Lanka after considering the vaccination plan which was submitted by Sri Lanka to WHO a few months ago.
The World Health Organization has decided to intervene to donate this vaccine for 20% of Sri Lanka’s population. Furthermore, the World Health Organization has decided to provide the vaccine to Sri Lanka time to time over a period of six months.
Dr Palitha Abekoon believes that World Health Organization will send Fizer and Astra Zeneca vaccine to Sri Lanka under this program.
However, the first CoVid-19 vaccination in Sri Lanka was conducted yesterday (29) in 9 hospitals in Western Province.
The Director of the Epidemiology Unit of the Ministry of Health Dr Sudath Samaraweera said that about 2000 health workers were vaccinated yesterday and today (30) vaccination will be carried out at 4000 centres across the country. This vaccination program will be conducted for 5 days from today.
To speed up the process of vaccination and to vaccinate at least 50% of the population in Sri Lanka, the government has decided to purchase two million vaccines from the State Pharmaceutical Corporation.
According to the Minister of Health Channa Jayasumana, Sri Lanka received a proposal from Rusia to manufacture its Russian-made CoVid-19 vaccine in Sri Lanka. Therefore, the government is now considering Pannala and Horana vaccine factories on this proposal.