The first shipment of the India-produced AstraZeneca (Covishield) COVID-19 vaccine is expected to arrive tomorrow in Sri Lanka (January 28).
Airport and Aviation Services (AASL) Chairman, Major General (Retired) G. A. Chandrasiri reported that tomorrow at 11.00 am the aircraft carrying the vaccine will arrive in the region.
Sri Lanka is provided with a stock of India-produced AstraZeneca (Covishield) as a donation from India to manage the country’s COVID-19 pandemic.
The Serum Institute of India, the biggest drugmaker in the world, has been authorized to manufacture Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines locally. India recently started supplying six neighboring and main partner countries with vaccines.
A special cold storage aircraft, the AI-281, will carry a consignment weighing 1,323 kilograms to Sri Lanka.
The vaccine is then scheduled to be placed in cold storage at the airport’s cargo village.