May 07, 2021

Difficult to find Astrazeneca vaccine - Lalith Weeratunga

Head of the presidential task force for Sri Lanka's COVID-19 vaccination drive Lalith Weeratunga says that it has become difficult to find Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine to provide the public with their second vaccination dose.

Mr. Weeratunga said that the volume of vaccines produced by the Serum Institute of India is not even sufficient to meet India's demand.

Even the COVAX programme is currently facing hardships when trying to source Astrazeneca vaccines, he said.

Although the Sri Lankan government has requested whether they can provide the vaccine, they have been unable to comply, he added.

However, the government is not facing any financial issues to purchase vaccines.