ECONOMYNEXT – Following the arrival of a million more doses of Sinopharm in the island on June 06, Sri Lanka is set to extend its vaccine rollout to twelve more districts in the coming days, an official said
The consignment will be followed by another million doses on June 09, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi told reporters.
The June 06 consignment was the first batch of a total 13 million doses that Sri Lanka plans to purchase from the Chinese manufacturer of the COVID-19 vaccine this year, according to State Minister for Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Channa Jayasumana.
Minister Wanniarachhci said authorities will distribute 25,000 doses of Sinopharm each to Matale, Batticaloa, Trincomalee, Ampara, Polonnaruwa, Kurunegala, Puttalam and Monaragala districts and 50,000 doses each to Nuwara Eliya, Hambanthota, Anuradhapura, Badulla and Kegall districts.
With a previous donation of 1.1 million doses from the Chinese government, Sri Lanka has received 2.1 million doses of Sinopharm so far.
As at June 06, health authorities have administered the Chinese vaccine to 957,959 people.
“We started giving the vaccine on May 08. Those who got the first jab on May 08 can get their second jab on the same date in June at the same vaccination centre,” Jayasumana said. (Colombo/ June 07/2021)