First batch of vaccine should arrive in Sri Lanka in three months: Chief epidemiologist

Sri Lanka will likely receive the first batch of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine within the next three months and plans are underway to vaccinate all citizens free of charge, Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said

Jan 13, 2021
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Sri Lanka will likely receive the first batch of a government-approved COVID-19 vaccine within the next three months and plans are underway to vaccinate all citizens free of charge, Chief Epidemiologist Dr Sudath Samaraweera said.

“We have to administer two doses of whichever vaccine we acquire per person within a period of four weeks. We are planning to provide the vaccine free of charge to all the citizens,” he told EconomyNext this afternoon.
 
The Pfizer-BionTech vaccine manufactured in the US costs around USD 20 US per dose, while the Oxford-AntraZeneca vaccine costs USD 3 per dose. Sri Lanka has yet to decide which vaccine to get, but chief presidential Lalith Weeratunga told a private TV station yesterday that Sri Lanka will most likely opt for the Oxford-AntraZeneca vaccine.


https://economynext.com/all-sri-lankans-will-be-vaccinated-free-of-charge-first-batch-should-arrive-within-three-months-chief-epidemiologist-77794/

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