Sri Lanka not expecting vaccine anytime soon 

By Easwaran Rutnam 

Sri Lanka is not expecting a coronavirus vaccine anytime soon from any country as not a single vaccine has been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

State Minister of Primary Health Services, Pandemics and COVID Prevention Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle told reporters yesterday that there is still no discussion to import vaccines from any country.

She said that all vaccines are still in the testing stage and have not been approved by the WHO.

The State Minister said that the Government will pick the vaccine best suitable for Sri Lanka once it is approved by the WHO.

Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle also said that Sri Lanka does not have full access to vital scientific information on the vaccines currently being tested and must depend on information shared with the media.

She said that Sri Lanka is closely monitoring the situation but is also mindful that vaccines usually take a few years to be approved.

The United States has begun administering the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine while the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine is also being tested.

“These vaccines have been tested in a short period and are still in the testing stage,” she said.

Dr. Fernandopulle urged the public to remain patient and follow the health guidelines as the coronavirus cannot be fully eliminated.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Even one of the worlds most ‘bureaucratically shackled’ countries in the world i.e. Australia will start a vaccination program with the Pfizer vaccine next week. I believe England has already commenced using the same vaccine.

    But Sri Lanka is still waiting for the WHO to approve a vaccine. To people who are dying, any vaccine that provides some hope is better than no hope at all. If some politician was dying they would have access to the best available vaccine immediately.

    Every COVID 19 sufferer deserves the same consideration.

  2. Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, correct your statement. It is incorrect.

    1) The USA left the WHO without playing their politics. Pfizer is a USA vaccine.
    2) Does the WHO have supply contracts with the pharmaceutical companies that are manufacturing Pfizer or Moderna? No they don’t.
    3) What is the name of the WHO’s vaccination programme? It is COVAX. What is the COVAX’s aim? To provide vaccines for poorer countries and their budget is what? It is about $5 per vaccine. So will the Pfizer (at $18 approx) enter that programme? No.
    6) Why are you saying the Pfizer didn’t complete trials? That happened. And it is FDA approved now for FULL USE. https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/science/coronavirus-vaccine-tracker.html

    You can read and find out the true situation behind the WHO’s non-approval of the Pfizer here: https://www.nasdaq.com/articles/exclusive-who-vaccine-scheme-risks-failure-leaving-poor-countries-no-covid-shots-until

    Pfizer is not an interest of the WHO. The reason it is not approved is because the WHO’s COVAX’s aim is CHEAP vaccines and the pfizer is off their budget PLUS, they have no contracts with that pharmaceutical company (or with Moderna). NOT because Pfizer has not completed testing or that it is not safe. FDA has given the status FULL USE as approval as you will see in the above link to Pfizer. If it is good enough for the USA and UK to use where the actual scientists are (when the Sri Lankan doctors or the medical councils have nothing of a science to even attempt such research), is it not good enough for Sri Lanka? Are you suggesting we get better medicare than even the USA and UK?

    When reading your statement the impression that’s given is that “the WHO is the one authority for safe vaccines and Sri Lanka is waiting to pick the best fitting one once the WHO gives the ‘yes’ because everything is still in the testing phase and it takes a long time for a vaccine to get approval”. It is all WRONG. What you are getting confused is between a lack of facts and the reality that’s inside the WHO – its politics. This is why the USA left the WHO. It was unworthy. To our medical community it may be ‘god’. Because we are without science here and we simply rely on what ever the WHO said. A good proof for you is when the mask usage was started. The WHO got it wrong by saying “if you don’t have COVID, no need to wear a mask”. Our doctors said the SAME THING to our people but it defeated even common sense (that is if you know how a mask works). Then the WHO changed their statement and said everyone must wear masks. So again our doctors followed. What are we – puppets? The majority here are without logic or science. Our mere education system is inadequate to produce good scientists in the country. And no one, not even the UGC wants that changed because syllabus changes mean “work” for government officials and insecurity for those who are not properly educated but try to flourish with some PhD collected from somewhere in the world. Please – take a reality check.

    Now after looking at the above evidence, do you not think what you have told the Sri Lankan public is inaccurate? Do your research and correct your statement.

    • @Amali

      The most brilliant, factually correct comment, I have read on this website. Absolutely wasted on the “MEEHARAK” in Sri Lanka.

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