Sri Lanka began administering the Sputnik V vaccine after receiving the first batch of 15,000 doses from Russia
Sri Lanka began administering the Sputnik V vaccine after receiving the first batch of 15,000 doses from Russia, according to a health official.
Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle, Minister of COVID-19 Prevention, said the Sputnik vaccine will be used in an especially vulnerable Colombo north suburb. Early this week, Sri Lanka received a shipment of 15,000 Russian vaccines, part of a larger order for 13 million Sputnik doses. The vaccine, Oxford AstraZeneca from India, had already been provided to 9,25,000 people out of a total population of 21 million.
Due to India’s severe COVID situation, Sri Lanka’s next order is being postponed, causing issues with the second dose. Meanwhile, new infections on the island reached an all-time high for the third day in a row yesterday, with more than 1,900 cases recorded.
According to Fernandopulle, this is a concerning increase, and people should be more diligent in following COVID-19 health guidelines.
“They must remain as much as possible indoors, avoiding all unnecessary travel.” Only one person can leave a house if necessary,” she explained.
The health authorities have called this new wave the ‘New Year cluster,’ since it hit the crowds of people shopping for the traditional Sinhala and Tamil New Year in the middle of last month. Authorities reported that the number of cases had risen to nearly 2,000 a day, up from less than 200 a day prior to the April New Year’s celebrations.
The fast-spreading UK SARS-Cov-2 strain has been established. Hospitals, according to public health inspectors, are overburdened.
In light of the increasing number of cases, health minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said steps had been taken to add 10,000 beds to the system, while minister Fernandopulle emphasized the need to convert COVID quarantine centers to treatment centers. According to Johns Hopkins University, there have been 117,529 coronavirus cases in Sri Lanka, with 734 people dying as a result of the disease.