The National Drug Regulatory Authority has approved the use of the Pfizer Biotech Covid immunization in Sri Lanka. The vaccine is approved for emergency use.
Accordingly, the Pfizer vaccine is the third vaccine approved for use in Sri Lanka. Previously, the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine and the Sputnik vaccine were approved.
State Minister of Covid Suppression Sudarshani Fernandopulle says that steps will be taken to import around 5 million doses of Pfizer vaccine soon. Accordingly, the vaccination process in the country will be accelerated.
The Chinese Sinopharm vaccine has not yet been approved by the Drug Regulatory Authority. In a video conference with the Director General of the World Health Organization, President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa has stated that the vaccine will be approved in the next two to three days. The President has said that the cyanoform vaccine will be used after that.
During this discussion, the Director General of the World Health Organization was requested to assist in administering 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca.