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Government may use different vaccines in specific areas of the country

ECONOMYNEXT- The government expects to use the Russian made Sputnik V vaccine in a specific area in the country because the second dose should also be from the same vaccine, Co-Cabinet Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella said this morning.

He said that the government is expecting to divide the vaccination programme among various areas in the country based on the type of vaccine.

“For example, we could use the Sputnik V vaccine only for the Central Province for the two doses for 3.5 million people in the area,” he added.

Yesterday the Cabinet approved a proposal to purchase seven million doses of the Russian-manufactured Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine for USD69.65 million.

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the Sputnik V vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka on March 04 and, subsequently, based on recommendations by a cabinet-appointed negotiation committee, the ministers approved a proposal to make the purchase.

Talking about the Chinese-manufactured Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine, Keheliya said that they haven’t received legal clearance for it.

“If the vaccine is used on Sri Lankans we need clearance from the WHO and from the other organisations including our Regulatory Authority from which approval should be given,” he said when questioned whether the vaccine will only be used to inoculate the Chinese workers in Sri Lanka and not the locals.(Colombo/Mar24/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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