ECONOMYNEXT – A consignment of 70,200 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines arrived in Sri Lanka Monday (19) morning, the Ministry of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals said.
Sri Lanka has so far received a total of 126,000 doses of the US-manufactured COVID-19 vaccine.
The consignment that arrived at the Bandaranaike International Aiport in the early hours of Monday was transported to the National Blood Centre in Narahenpita to be stored in high coolers, the ministry said.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa had said earlier that the Pfizer vaccine will be used inoculate residents in Mannar and Vavuniya districts.
State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana said another 90,000 doses of Pfizer are scheduled to arrive in the fourth week of July.
So far Pfizer has been administrated as the first dose for 44,592 including students going abroad for higher education and Sri Lankans travelling overseas for work and selected groups in Mannar and Vavuniya areas. (Colombo/ July 19/2021)