Posted on 01.12.2021 by Chandana Sirimalwatte in Local News with 0 Comments
(TopNews) Even president Gotabhaya Rajapaksha personally requested the Chinese government to get a vaccine set from China the vaccines are not ready to deliver outside China soon, informed sources said.
Even the Pfizer and Oxford – AstraZeneca vaccines producing companies are struggling to meet the US and Europe’s demand. They are the countries invested in these companies for vaccine research.
The World vaccine alliance sources said that Germany had invested 445 million dollars for Pfizer and US has pre-order 100 million doses from the company.
Meanwhile, Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccine will be the cheapest and more suitable for Southeast and African countries due to its easy handling process. However, the company planned to supply 100 million vaccines to UK and Europe citizens. The company is planning to consider other countries request after complete their requirement, the sources said.
The Indian vaccine is still in the second stage of the testing process, and currently, it carries 74 per cent success rate, the Indian Express newspaper said. The Indian vaccine producing company is planning to release its vaccine in early August.
Meanwhile Gavi COVAX, the WHO affiliated arm responsible for financing and distributing vaccine to the low-income countries, said it had signed vaccine supply agreements with several countries including Sri Lanka. However, the organization haven’t got a single vaccine to distribute due to high demand from vaccine research investor countries.
Furthermore, opposition leader Sajith Premadasa pointed out that the need of the hour is to import the COVID vaccine instead of reopening borders for tourists and risk the general public’s life.
Addressing the media after visiting Mahanayaka theros of Malwattha and Asgiriya chapters, the opposition leader said Ukraine is one of the severely COVID affected countries, and it is on lockdown. Regardless of this situation, the government facilitating Ukraine tourists to visit Sri Lanka even violating country’s quarantine laws.