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First consignment of Sputnik vaccines likely in May: NOCPCO Head

General Shavendra Silva, the Head of the National Operations Center for the Prevention of COVID-19 Outbreak (NOCPCO), yesterday stated that the first consignment of seven million Sputnik V anti-COVID vaccines is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka in May.

He also said that the Cabinet has given approval to import up to 13 million Sputnik vaccines.

“We have enough vaccines as of now to complete the second dose of the vaccination drive. No one needs to fear that we don’t have enough vaccines. We will definitely complete the second dose of vaccination drive with the stocks we have,” he said.

Further, Chief Epidemiologist of the Ministry of Health Dr. Sudath Samaraweera said that the reports about lesser PCR tests being proportional to the decreasing number of patients are false.

“We cannot hide an infection like COVID-19. It is true that some are asymptomatic but the spreading rate is the same, so we can identify the victims. Also, if the amount of patients is higher, the death rate is also higher. The death rates in Sri Lanka are decreasing. Therefore, we have to admit that the number of patients are also lesser,” he said.