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Pathirana says the suspended vaccine was never shipped to Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Vaccine

ECONOMYNEXT- The government is reassuring Sri Lankans that the batch of Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines which was temporarily suspended in several countries in Europe was never shipped to this country.

Co-Cabinet spokesman Dr Ramesh Pathirana said told reporters today that the government expects to control the spread of the virus within the next two months.

“We are arriving at a controlled situation due to the intervention of the health officials and security forces and due to the dedication of the people,” he said.

He said several European temporarily suspended the vaccinations because they were believed to have caused blood clots.

“Those vaccines which are involved in that problem only belong to a certain batch in that vaccine are temporarily suspended in certain countries in Europe, that batch of vaccines was not given to Sri Lanka,” he said.

According to the Financial Times, UK Countries across Europe have suspended the Oxford/AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine over concerns the jab may cause blood clots.

However pharmaceutical regulators and the World Health Organization say there is no evidence of problems.

Germany, Italy, France, Spain and the Netherlands became the latest countries to pause the rollout of the jab on Monday. Norway, Denmark and Bulgaria suspended their programmes last week. (Colombo/Mar16/2021)

Reported by Imesh Ranasinghe

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