Regulator approves Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka

COVID-19 Vaccine

ECONOMYNEXT – The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) has authorised the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for emergency use in Sri Lanka, State Minister Channa Jayasumana told reporters today.

“We believe we will be able to provide it in a few days in Sri Lanka. This is the first time we have given approval for a COVID-19 vaccine in the country,” he said.

Meanwhile, State Minister Sudarshani Fernandopulle said the vaccine will be imported to Sri Lanka by mid-February.

“We will get 20 percent of the population covered by the Covax facility. For another 30 percent of the population, the government shall purchase a vaccine. Our intention is to cover at least 50 percent of the population,” she said. (Colombo/Jan22/2021)

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