The first consignment of 15,000 doses of Russian-made Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Sri Lanka this morning (04) from Katunayake Bandaranaike International Airport.
The vaccine stock was symbolically handed over to Sri Lanka by Russian Deputy Ambassador to Sri Lanka Alexei Budanov.
State Minister of Pharmaceuticals, Supplies and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana arrived at the Katunayake International Airport to receive the consignment of vaccines.
Top officials of the Russian Embassy, Dr. Prasanna Gunasena, Chairman of the State Pharmaceutical Corporation and a number of others were present at the occasion.
The consignment was taken to the State Pharmaceutical Corporation’s drug storage complex by several vehicles equipped with special refrigeration facilities.
As an initial step, 15,000 doses of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine ordered by Sri Lanka from the Gamaleya Research Institute of Russia were received and 13 million doses will be received in installments in the near future.
Sri Lanka cabinet in March approved the purchase 7 million doses of Sputnik V vaccine at a cost of US$ 69.65 million.