Sri Lanka to purchase another 6 million vaccines from Russia

Sri Lanka is to purchase another 6 million Covid vaccines from Russia.

The Government had placed an order on 23rd March, 2021 to purchase 7 million doses of the ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine.

The vaccines are being acquired at a cost of US$ 9.95 each to a sum of US$ 69.65 million on the recommendation of the Cabinet appointed Negotiation Committee.

The Cabinet has approved a fresh proposal to acquire another 6 million doses of the Russian manufactured ‘Sputnik V’ vaccine.

The proposal submitted by Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi looks at purchasing the vaccines at the same cost in addition to the same number of vaccines.

Meanwhile, Cabinet co-spokesman Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told reporters today that the Russian vaccine has been ordered to meet the Government’s target of vaccinating at least 13 million of the country’s population.

He said the stocks of Oxford AstraZeneca and Sputnik V vaccines that are currently in hand and the stock that has been ordered will suffice to vaccinate 6.5 million people.

The Minister said the existing and pre-ordered stocks of both vaccines will be sufficient to provide the required two jabs.

Minister Keheliya Rambukwella further said as per the orders placed thus far, Sri Lanka may have excess vaccines.

He said this may be used in the event either one of the orders is not executed at the required time as promised. (Colombo Gazette)