Cabinet approval to purchase 10 mn AstraZeneca vaccines from India; 3.5mn from UK

The Cabinet of Ministers has yesterday approved to purchase 10 million Oxford Astra Zeneca vaccine for $52.5 million from the Serum Institute Private Ltd., India.

The Cabinet has approved three proposals with regard to vaccinating the total population of 14 million in Sri Lanka.

Accordingly, it was decided to sign the Standardized Indemnification Agreement submitted by the COVAX mechanism in order to expedite vaccination under the COVAX facility.

The Cabinet of Ministers also approved a proposal by the Acting Minister of Health Prof. Channa Jayasumana to enter into an agreement between AstraZeneca institute in Britain and the Sri Lanka State Pharmaceutical Corporation to purchase a further 3.5 million of COVID-19 vaccine manufactured by the said institute.