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930,000 Pfizer doses by July

  • Final purchase agreement likely to be signed today: SPC
  • 185k Sputnik doses by week end, 400,000 more in June 

By Pamodi Waravita

 

The State Pharmaceuticals Corporation (SPC) yesterday (18) said that the final purchase agreement for 930,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech anti Covid-19 vaccine would most likely be signed with Pfizer Inc. today (19), with the stocks expected in the country by July.

Speaking to The Morning yesterday, SPC General Manager K.M.D.R. Dassanayake said that the final purchase agreement for 930,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine from Belgium would most likely be signed today.

“We can expect the stocks by the third quarter, which is July,” said Dassanayake.

Meanwhile, Dassanayake also confirmed that 185,000 doses of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine would reach Sri Lanka by around 22 May.

“We expect to receive another 400,000 doses of the Sputnik V vaccine next month as well,” said Dassanayake.

The National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for emergency use in the country on 7 May. It is also one of the first jabs that were approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for emergency use against Covid-19. However, Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine is yet to be approved by the WHO for emergency use.