Mix and match for AstraZeneca and Pfizer/Moderna is possible: Prof. Neelika Malavige

Data has been released by research authorities that the mix and match of AstraZeneca Covishield vaccines and the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are effective, stated Prof. Neelika Malavige participating in an Ada Derana 24 discussion today (15).

“Several countries have mixed and matched vaccines like AstraZeneca with Pfizer or Moderna effectively. How this is done is by receiving the first dose of AstraZeneca and the second dose from Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. Sri Lanka’s Health Ministry is also currently considering this,” she stated.

Prof. Malavige also stated that the possibility of mixing and matching Sputnik and Sinopharm vaccines with the AstraZeneca vaccine is also being tested worldwide but no data has been released as of yet.

“We have to find a way to inoculate everyone in the country in a safe and effective method, therefore, we are on alert to any new research made on the mix and match of vaccines,” she said.

Prof. Neelika Malavige is the Head of the Department of Immunology and Molecular Medicine of the University of Sri Jayewardenepura.