Prof. Channa Jayasumana, State Minister of Production, Supply, and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals, said Sri Lanka received another shipment of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccinations this morning (June 09).
A charter flight delivering 1 million doses of the China-developed vaccine arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake at around 5.00 a.m., according to an Ada Derana correspondent.
The newly received vaccines are likely to be sent to the Ministry of Health’s major vaccine storage site.
On Tuesday, the national immunization drive was expanded to 12 more districts – Matale, Nuwara-Eliya, Kegalle, Trincomalee, Hambantota, Badulla, Anuradhapura, Puttalam, Ampara, Batticaloa, Monaragala, and Polonnaruwa – following the receipt of 1 million more Sinopharm vaccines from China (June 08).
Meanwhile, the new Sinopharm vaccine stocks have enabled the country to administer the second dose.
According to the Epidemiology Unit’s progress report on COVID-19 immunization, 1,033,028 people have received the first dose of Sinopharm vaccines, and 166 have been fully vaccinated with the China-made vaccine.
According to official data, Sri Lanka has received a total of 3.1 million Sinopharm vaccines since the first batch of 600,000 doses arrived in late March of this year.
On March 20, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the emergency use of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine in the country. On May 26, Sri Lanka received a donation of 500,000 doses of the China-made vaccine.
China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation, manufactures the Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, also known as BBIBP-CorV. (SINOPHARM).