Colombo, August 8 (AdaDerana) – Another consignment of China manufactured COVID-19 vaccine Sinopharm has arrived in Sri Lanka today (August 08).
Accordingly, 1.86 million doses of the vaccine have arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) this morning.
The newly arrived stock increases the total number of Sinopharm vaccines received by Sri Lanka to 14.7 million doses, State Minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana said.
A consignment of vaccines containing 728,000 more Oxford-AstraZeneca doses from Japan has arrived in Sri Lanka, says Prof. Channa Jayasumana, the State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals.
The shipment, airfreighted from Japan by a special flight chartered by Sri Lankan Airlines, touched down at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake this evening (7).
The newly-received AstraZeneca vaccines will be rolled out in the Kegalle District, Prof. Jayasumana said further.
Through the COVAX facility, the Japanese Government provided approximately 1.45 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured in Japan to further boost Sri Lanka’s national inoculation drive.
The first half of this vaccine consignment arrived in Sri Lanka last Saturday (July 31).
This donation allowed Sri Lanka to resume the administration of AstraZeneca second doses, which was disrupted by India’s decision to temporarily halt AstraZeneca’s COVISHIELD vaccines in order to meet the domestic demand followed by a surge in COVID-19 infections at home in March.