Sri Lanka to continue with AstraZeneca vaccine

The Government will continue the administration of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in Sri Lanka.

Cabinet Co-spokesman Minister Dr. Ramesh Pathirana told reporters today (16) that only one batch of the vaccine has been temporarily suspended in certain European countries.

A number of European countries recently suspended the use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine over fears of blood clots.

Minister Dr. Pathirana said Sri Lanka does not receive the particular batch of vaccine doses that has been suspended in certain European countries.

Therefore, the public have been urged to remain calm and not fear such reports, the Minister said.

Commenting on the vaccines provided under the World Health Organisation’s COVAX facility, he said Sri Lanka is expected to receive another batch of vaccines soon.

He said the existing batch of doses are being used to vaccinate people above the age of 60, who have been prioritised under the COVAX vaccination programme in the country.

Minister Dr. Pathirana further said the Government hopes to contain the spread of the coronavirus within the next two to three months. (Colombo Gazette)