Nov 21, Colombo: The World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed to provide 4.2 million vaccines to Sri Lanka as soon as a successful vaccine against the new COVID-19 Coronavirus is discovered, the President of the State Pharmaceuticals Corporation, neurosurgeon Dr. Prasanna Gunasena has said.
As a first step, the World Health Organization (WHO) has agreed to provide the vaccine to about 20 percent of Sri Lanka's population, Dr. Gunasena told 'Dinamina'. He added that the consignment will be brought to Sri Lanka in three phases, each phase containing 1.4 million vaccines.
Dr. Gunasena pointed out that Sri Lanka had initiated discussions with the World Health Organization (WHO) on a vaccine a few months ago.
Recently, a delegation from Sri Lanka headed by the Secretary to the Ministry of Health held discussions with the Asian Regional Representatives of UNESCO, the World Health Organization and the World Bank and it has been agreed to take steps to provide a consignment of the vaccine to Sri Lanka as soon as it is approved by the World Health Organization.
Specialist Dr. Prasanna Gunasena said that after the approval of a vaccine, the World Health Organization (WHO) will vaccinate about 20 percent of the population in basically every country in the world.
However, several countries, including China, Britain, Russia and the United States, are currently testing vaccines against the COVID-19 coronavirus.
Meanwhile, Minister of Youth and Sports Namal Rajapaksa said in Parliament yesterday that the Government will take all measures to import a World Health Organization (WHO) approved vaccine against the new COVID-19 Coronavirus, when it is made available.