Sri Lanka expecting 600,000 Sinopharm COVID vaccines on March 31

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A consignment of China’s Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine – also known as BBIBP-CorV – is expected to arrive in Sri Lanka on the 31st of March, says State Minister of Production, Supply and Regulation of Pharmaceuticals.

Prof. Channa Jayasumana made this remark speaking to Ada Derana ‘BIG FOCUS’ programme this morning (March 26).

Sri Lanka will be receiving this consignment of 600,000 Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine jabs as a donation from China.

National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) of Sri Lanka recently approved the emergency use of Sinopharm vaccine in the country.

This vaccine is produced by China National Biotec Group (CNBG) – a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation (SINOPHARM).

Several countries including the UAE, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Pakistan and the Philippines have already authorized the use of the vaccine. Hungary became the first European Union member country to give the nod to China’s Sinopharm vaccine.

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