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Tuesday October 26th, 2021
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COVID-19 vaccine mix-and-match can exceed performance of NMRA vaccines: Nature

Sri Lanka on Friday (22) decided the booster dose program will start from first week of November.

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Sri Lanka to lift inter-province travel ban on Oct 31 amid reports of open violation

"The behaviour of the public is not satisfying,” Health Promotion Bureau Director Dr Ranjith Batuwanthudawa said.

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Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation chairman steps down

"I have a health issue. It is a kind of leave [that I’m taking’," Gunasena told EconomyNext on Friday (22).

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Sri Lanka to vaccinate 16-17-year-olds starting Friday (22): health offiicial

Authorities started vaccinating 18-19-year-olds in on October 15 and expanded island-wide on Thursday (21).

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Delta Plus not detected in Sri Lanka yet: university lab

Sri Lanka so far has detected two variants of concern, the Alpha and Delta strains, spreading in the community.

Despite drop in cases, Sri Lanka health official wants COVID-19 restrictions to continue

"We saw the same thing happened in April this year when restrictions were relaxed as case numbers dropped."

Sri Lanka pondering COVID-19 booster shot as int'l studies question Chinese jabs

Scientists around the world have started to question the protection offered by the China manufactured vaccines: Nature

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka to launch pilot project to vaccinate 18, 19-year-old students

Dharmasena said, after the pilot project in Colombo, the programme will continue as previously planned.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Low turnout at Sri Lanka university vax centres as students show preference for Pfizer

“The vaccine that students want arrives in very limited quantifies. We can’t easily purchase it either."

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As COVID-19 restrictions come off, Sri Lanka authorities alarmed over lax public behaviour

"We can't draw a line and say okay from this day we are free of COVID," Rambukwella said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka's state universities begin vaccinating students, staff aged 20-29

Students, academic and non academic staff can go to the nearest university to their residence to get the jab, he said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka's GMOA to go on token strike on October 13 over transfer, internship delays

“We request the Minister of Health to take immediate action to resolve this issue," the GMOA said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka volunteers take charge in digitally memorialising COVID-19 victims

To date, 13,229 lives have been lost to the disease: each of them a unique human being with their own stories.

Mahadiya Hamza

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18-19-year-olds in Sri Lanka to get Pfizer-BioNTech jab from October 21

So far, 14,668,212 Sri Lankans have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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Sri Lanka to vaccinate all children aged 15 to 19 against COVID-19

"We believe the rollout will start within the next two weeks," he said.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka to finalise decision on COVID-19 booster shot this week: health official

"It is to be discussed at this week’s COVID-19 task force meeting," the official said on Monday (04).

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Sri Lanka gets 800,000 free Pfizer vaccines from US for kids

'This donation will help Sri Lanka provide safe and effective vaccines, especially to young people with health issues'

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Sri Lanka's GMOA threatens trade union action over "arbitrary" doctors' transfers

The GMOA has demanded clear definitions regarding the annual transfer list of Grade Medical Officers.

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Sri Lanka relaxes six-week COVID-19 "lockdown", but some restrictions remain

The new guidelines have been divided into two periods: October 01 to 15 and October 16 to 30.

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka confident of USD 500 mn in tourism revenue through March 2022 

"What we have observed in other destinations is that the fewer the controls, the higher the arrivals."

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka to lift COVID-19 lockdown on Oct 01 subject to conditions

Critics, however, have argued that Sri Lanka’s lockdown is not as stringent as it should be.

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Sri Lanka Medical Association proposes "restrained" easing of COVID-19 restrictions

Health authorities have also called for a staggered easing of the restrictions.

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Sri Lanka removes on-arrival PCR requirement for all arrivals in bid to boost tourism

Fully vaccinated tourists are free to move across the country the way they did before the pandemic.

Mahadiya Hamza

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Creeping vaccine hesitancy in Sri Lanka: authorities blame organised campaign

Meanwhile, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella on Monday revealed plans for a possible vaccine mandate for Sri Lanka.

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Health unions in Sri Lanka go on seven-hour strike as officials cry foul

"It is really sad if health workers are supporting these unions led by some parties at a time of crisis like this."

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka may consider vaccine mandate if situation demands it: health minister

As of September 27, only 48 percent of Sri Lanka’s 20-29 age group have received at least one dose of a vaccine.

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