Sri Lanka acquired 500,000 doses of Covid19 vaccines from India

Sri Lanka acquired 500,000 doses of Covid19 vaccines from India

Sri Lanka acquired 500,000 doses of Covid19 vaccines from India

Colombo: Sri Lanka on Thursday received 500,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines ordered from India. Health officials here said the next batch of the Indian order would be coming in March.

Sri Lanka’s acting health minister Channa Jayasumana said 500,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine arrived on Thursday. He said the new batch was ordered under an agreement between the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) of Sri Lanka and the Serum Institute of India.

Ramesh Pathirana, who is also the Minister of Plantations, earlier said Sri Lanka is likely to go only with the AstraZeneca vaccines for the second phase of vaccination as the Chinese and Russian vaccines are not ready yet.

The Sri Lankan government has placed an order for 10 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India at a cost of $52.5 million. Meanwhile, another 3.5 million doses have been ordered from AstraZeneca Institute of UK under the COVAX programme.

Last month, India announced it will send COVID-19 vaccines under grant assistance to Sri Lanka and seven other countries – Bhutan, the Maldives, Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Seychelles, Afghanistan and Mauritius.