ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka expects to receive 600,000 more doses of the Russia-made Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine in the next two weeks, State Minister Sudarshini Fernadopulle said.
The vaccine has to stored in -20 degrees Celcius, she said, while the Oxford Astrazenca jab, which Sri Lanka had initially relied on for inoculating the public, could be stored in normal refrigerators between 2- 8 degrees Celcius.
“With Astrazenca, we didn’t have any issue with storage and transportation as we could manage that with existing infrastructure. Russia sent us 15,000 Sputnik V doses in the first batch to see if we could manage with our current facilities. We were able to administer 11,334 of it in the Gothatuwa area successfully, and we’ve sent those reports to Russia,” the State Minister for COVID-19 Control said. (Colombo/May11/2021)