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Focus on local production of vaccines to control pandemic: Channa Jayasumana

A meeting was held yesterday (01) focusing on the legal status of vaccination in Sri Lanka and the production of vaccines in the country, where it was stated that the best solution to end and control the pandemic is to successfully complete the vaccination drive, as there is a huge demand in the world for vaccines on a daily basis.

Ali Sabry PC and State Minister of Pharmaceuticals Prof Channa Jayasumana said that vaccine prices were going up and that producing them locally could save the country a lot of money.

Jayasumana pointed out the need to expedite vaccination and said that the country has the potential to produce 6 million vaccines by August through domestic production and 07 million vaccines by September.

It was stated that a significant percentage of the country’s population could be vaccinated and that it would be a great help in controlling the pandemic.

Discussions were held with the officials of the Attorney General’s Department, the Legal Draftsman’s Department and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation on how to prepare the necessary legal agreements to facilitate the manufacture of the relevant vaccines in Sri Lanka.

MMPK Mayadunne, Secretary to the Ministry of Justice, Dr. Saman Ratnayake, Secretary to the State Ministry of Drug Production, Supply and Regulation, Dr. Prasanna Gunasena, Chairman, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, Dr. Uthpala Indrawansha, Chairman, State Pharmaceuticals Corporation Dr. Rasitha Wijewantha, Chairman of the Regulatory Authority and officials representing the Attorney General’s Department, the Ministry of Justice, the Legal Draftsman’s Department and the State Pharmaceutical Corporation were present.