IANS | 22 Jan, 2021
Sri Lankan authorities on Friday granted approval for the emergency use
of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine, Minister for Pharmaceutical
Production and Regulation Channa Jayasumana said.
the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) had granted the
approval for the emergency use of the British vaccine while several
other vaccines were also in the pipeline at the National Medicines
Regulatory Authority, reports Xinhua news agency.
This the first time Sri Lanka has approved a vaccine for emergency use.
Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and Covid-19 Disease Control
Sudarshani Fernandopulle said the vaccine will be imported to Sri Lanka
She said Sri Lanka will get 20 per cent of the
population covered by the World Health Organization, while for another
30 per cent of the population, the government will purchase a vaccine.
"Our intention is to cover at least 50 per cent of the population," Fernandopulle said.
Sri Lanka has to date recorded over 56,000 Covid-19 patients and recorded 276 deaths.