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Sri Lanka to Purchase 2-3 Million Doses of Covid Vaccine from India: Official | India News


COLOMBO: Sri Lanka will purchase 2-3 million doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine from its Indian manufacturing company Serum Institute of India over the next two days, a senior Sri Lankan official said here on Wednesday.
Lalith Weeratunga, an adviser to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, said the purchases from India will follow the arrival of free vaccines from India to Sri Lanka on Thursday.
He said that the Indian Covishield vaccine will arrive tomorrow and that the shipment will be accepted by President Rajapaksa at Colombo International Airport.
A total of 250,000 people, mostly front-line health workers, members of the security forces and the police, and vulnerable older people, will receive the vaccine as a priority.
The immunization program for which drills were conducted over the weekend will begin on Friday.
Weeratunga added that 300,000 free vaccines are also expected from China and that the government would also request the vaccine from Russia.
Sri Lanka has recorded nearly 60,000 cases as of January 26, with 288 deaths from the pandemic since it was found in the island nation in mid-March last year.
India is one of the largest drug manufacturers in the world and an increasing number of countries have already approached it to purchase coronavirus vaccines.
In recent days, India has shipped shipments of domestically produced coronavirus vaccines under a grant to Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Mauritius and Seychelles.
It is also making commercial supplies of the doses to several countries, including Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Brazil and Morocco.

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