ECONOMYNEXT – Fifty-thousand first-doses of the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Sri Lanka on June 11, State Minister Channa Jayasumana said on June 04.
The State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals told reporters that some 15,000 Sri Lankans who have already received their first dose of the Russian vaccine can expect the second dose next week.
Sputnik V is unique in that it the two doses carry different formulae. Both formulae target the novel coronavirus’s distinctive ‘spike’, and each dose in Sputnik V contains a slightly different vector – the neutralized virus that carries the spike to the body.
Sri Lanka received the first consignment of the vaccine on May 04, which was administered to Sri Lankans aged 30 to 60 starting in the Gothatuwa area in Colomboo.
Meanwhile a second consignment of AstraZeneca donated by the COVAX facility is expected to arrive next month, a sequel to the 264,000 doses sent on March 07 to inoculate over 60s in select parts of the Western province.
Some 600,000 Sri Lankans are anxiously awaiting their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Medical Association (SLMA) President Dr Padma Gunaratne said the SLMA requested the government to conduct clinical trials to determine the success of giving Sputnik V as the second dose for the 600,000 AstraZeneca first-jab receivers in a mix-and-match approach.
“If the results are successful we can administer Sputnik V vaccine as the second dose,” said Gunaratne. (Colombo/ June 05/2021)