Research is underway on the possibility of mixing Covid-19 vaccines, State Minister of Primary Health Care, Epidemics and Covid Disease Control Sudarshani Fernandopulle said.
Speaking to 'Neth News', the State Minister said that the government's current position is to provide all those who received the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine during the first round of the inoculation drive with the same brand for their second dose.
State Minister Fernandopulle further noted that Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine will be administered to a new group.
According to data from the Epidemiology Unit, 928107 people have received the first jab of the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine while 96,871 people have received the second jab of the vaccine to date.
Sputnik V arrives !
Sri Lanka has received the first batch of Russia's Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines. 15,000 doses were flown in early hours of Tuesday (04) on Qatar Airways flight QR 1668.
Sri Lanka has ordered 13 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine from the Russia’s Gamaleya Institute.
State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals Prof. Channa Jayasumana officially received the vaccine consignment at the Bandaranaike International Airport.
The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the emergency use of Sputnik V vaccine in Sri Lanka on March 04.
The Cabinet of Ministers has already approved the purchase of seven million doses of the Sputnik-V vaccines at a cost of USD 69.65 million.