Sri Lanka to make use of Russian Covid-19 vaccine once WHO approves

The Ministry of Health is to consider utilising the new developed vaccine for Covid-19 by Russia after obtaining the necessary approval from the World Health Organization (WHO).

Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi and the Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka Yury B. Reklama: Intellectus anglų kalbos kursai internetu Kaune, Vilniuje Klaipėdoje ir visoje Lietuvoje Materiy had talks today on the vaccine and other related matters.

During the meeting, the Russian Ambassador had briefed the Sri Lankan Minister of Health on the vaccine for Covid-19 developed by Russia.

The Ambassador had further praised President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and the Government of Sri Lanka on the measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak, adding that Sri Lanka was among the few countries that managed to contain the virus.

He had further highlighted the longstanding bilateral relations between the two nations, stating that Russia will implement a program to further extend support to provide educational opportunities not only for doctors but students eager to graduate in other fields as well.

In response, Minister Wanniarachchi expressed her gratitude to the Russian Government for providing a great service by way of medical scholarships to Sri Lankan students.

She further stated that approval will be sought from the World Health Organization to utilise Russia’s newly developed vaccine for the treatment of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

Last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin said a locally developed vaccine for Covid-19 had been given regulatory approval after less than two months of testing on humans.

Putin said the vaccine had passed all the required checks, adding that his daughter had already been given it.

Russian Officials have said they plan to start mass vaccination in October.

Meanwhile, experts have raised concerns about the speed of Russia’s work, suggesting that researchers might be cutting corners.

Amid fears that safety could have been compromised, the WHO urged Russia to follow international guidelines for producing a vaccine against Covid-19. (Colombo Gazette)