Colombo: Sri Lanka has requested Japan to supply 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine in an effort to complete the administration of the second dose to citizens.
Sri Lanka is facing a severe shortage of AstraZeneca vaccines as the producer in neighboring India was unable to supply the promised supplies due to the crisis in the country.
On Wednesday, the president’s office announced that President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa had asked the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshiihide Suga, to provide 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca.
According to a statement from the president’s office, ‘there have been positive reactions’. Sri Lanka is currently using China’s Synopharm and Rusian Sputnik V vaccines.
Sri Lanka has seen an increase in positive cases and deaths since April, partly caused by celebrations and shopping during last month’s traditional New Year festival. Sri Lanka has registered more than 210,000 cases and 1,843 confirmed deaths.
Source: Telangana Today