Sri Lanka receives first batch of US-made Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine – News Vibe24

    Sri Lanka receives first batch of US-made Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine - Times of India
    COLOMMO: Sri Lanka received on Monday the first batch of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which became the first country in South Asia to give the Covid-19 jab to the US.
    Officials say 26,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine purchased directly from the Sri Lankan government were shipped to the country on Monday.
    Health officials say Sri Lanka has signed deals to buy five million doses of the Pfizer vaccine this year. The country is expected to receive about 200,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine this month.
    Sri Lankan President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa tweeted that “Sri Lanka becomes the first country in South Asia to receive a body of Pfizer vaccines”.
    Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceutical Products Channa Jayasumana said that the Pfizer vaccine will be stored in a special facility developed by the government, as the vaccine must be kept at -70 ° C.
    Sri Lankan health authorities have so far used the Indian-made AstraZeneca, China’s Sinopharm and Russia’s Sputnik V in the country’s battle against Covid-19.
    Sri Lanka has seen a sharp rise in positive cases and deaths since April due to celebrations during the traditional New Year festival.
    The country was locked from mid-May to late June. The total number of positive cases in Sri Lanka reached 265,629 with 3,236 deaths.

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