Sri Lanka to purchase vaccines from UK

Sri Lanka has decided to purchase COVID vaccines from the United Kingdom (UK).

The Government will purchase 3.5 million COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca in Britain.

The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) of Sri Lanka has entered into an agreement with AstraZeneca to purchase the vaccines.

A proposal by Acting Health Minister Professor Channa Jayasumana on the purchase agreement has been approved by the Cabinet.

The Cabinet has also approved the proposal to purchase 10 million Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines for $ 52.5 million as a direct procurement from the Serum Institute of India.

A proposal to sign the Standardised Indemnification Agreement submitted by the COVAX Facility in order to expedite the procurement of vaccines via the World Health Organisation has also received Cabinet approval.

The Cabinet said the Health Ministry plans to vaccinate 14 million people out of the total population of the country, against the coronavirus. (Colombo Gazette)

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