Minister Ramesh Pathirana asserts, the Authorities is aiming to vaccinate 14 million folks inside the subsequent couple of months.
He stated this responding to a query raised by a journalist relating to Sri Lanka’s Covid-19 vaccination drive, throughout the Cupboard Determination media briefing held immediately (23) on the Division of Authorities Data.
The Minister clearly acknowledged that the Authorities will immunize 14 million folks of the inhabitants, for which the Authorities wants 28 million doses of the vaccine and the Authorities is able to buy that quantity.
In the meantime, Mr. Pathirana additionally identified that the 2nd spherical of vaccination after three months’ time is a debatable topic in the mean time. Regardless of the truth that WHO initially claimed that the 2nd dose must be given after 4 weeks’ time, as per the brand new developments, a number of the Sri Lankan medical specialists who’re involved in regards to the immunization program additionally imagine the very best immunity booster could be to offer the vaccine after 3 months’ time.
The Minister reiterated the Authorities will finally think about the advice given by the medical experience on this topic and comply with in that regard.
The Minister of Mass Media, Keheliya Rambukwella additionally pinpointed that, in keeping with the newest stories of the medical fraternity, 2nd spherical of inoculation is simpler after 12 weeks’ time.
In relation to the 2nd dose, Minister Ramesh Pathirana stated, given the backdrop of the unavailability of the registration of Chinese language vaccine or the Russian vaccine in the mean time, and because the Chinese language vaccine has not but been accepted by the WHO and nonetheless beneath evaluation, presumably Sri Lanka has to go along with the AstraZeneca vaccine for the inoculation of the stated 14 million folks.