Appeal Court issues order on 8 vaccines



The Court of Appeal has ordered the respondents including the Minister of Health to file objections to a petition filed seeking a writ order invalidating the registration of 8 types of vaccines manufactured by a local company.

The order was issued by the Appellate Court bench after considering the writ petitions filed by two activists of the United Human Rights Organization.

Accordingly, the court ordered Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella and the authorities of the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) to file any objections related to the petition on October 2.

The petitioners said the NMRA has approved 8 types of vaccines manufactured by the local private company for anesthetics and brain-related diseases.

According to NMRA regulations, a vaccine should be subjected to a “supervision period” of six months before giving approval and registration. However, the petitioners pointed out that these regulations have not been followed when approving the vaccines.

Accordingly, the lawyer representing the petitioners made a request to give an early date to consider the petition in order to avoid the possible harm caused by the release of these vaccines to the market, the Ada Derana court reporter said.


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