World news – Sri Lanka orders 13.5 million AstraZeneca COVID cans likely to drop Chinese vaccines

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India donated 500,000 doses of the same vaccine that launched the vaccine in Sri Lanka in late January.

Published: February 23, 2021 16:02 |

Last updated: February 23, 2021, 4:02 pm

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A Sri Lankan nurse administers the COVID-19 vaccine to an urban worker in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, February 16, 2021. (Photo | AP)

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka has ordered 13.5 million Oxford AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines in addition to the 500,000 doses given by India, and the country will not be allowed to use Chinese vaccines in the second phase of immunization, a said Government spokesman on Tuesday.

Ramesh Pathirana, who is also the plantation minister, said Sri Lanka will likely only use the AstraZeneca vaccines for the second vaccination phase as the Chinese and Russian vaccines are not ready yet.

For that In the first round of vaccination, the government has ordered 10 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India at a price of USD 52.5 million and an additional 3.5 million doses directly from the AstraZeneca Institute of UK under the COVAX program. the spokesman said.

India poured 500,000 doses of the same vaccine that launched the vaccine in Sri Lanka in late January.

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa thanked India last month for its generosity after speaking out 500,000 doses of Covishield vaccine donated by the country as part of its « Neighborhood First » policy. The government is guided by the best medical advisors on when to give the second dose, Pathirana said, adding that it was originally believed that the Booster Jab should be given after four weeks.

In the past few weeks, health experts have said that delaying the second dose by three months could make the vaccine more effective.

Im Last month, India announced it would send COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka and seven other countries as part of grants – Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, Afghanistan and Mauritius.

India is one of the world’s largest drug manufacturers, and more and more countries have turned to India for coronavirus vaccines.

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