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Sri Lanka to begin using Covid-19 vaccine in February 2021

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The principal investigator for the Oxford Covid-19 vaccine trial says the vaccine will be available by end of 2020 at a low cost to benefit low and middle income countries.
 
The Sri Lankan born Dr. Maheshi Ramasamy had a webinar with the Sri Lankan high commissioner in London Saroja Sirisena, where she said the Pfizer vaccine will be rolled out across the UK next week.
 
“One of the strengths that Sri Lanka has is its high female literacy rate,” Dr. Ramasamy told the high commissioner.

“Sri Lanka is very proud that a Sri Lankan is a part of this vaccine trial,” the high commissioner told Dr. Ramasamy.
 
Dr. Ramasamy also said that she missed Sri Lanka and is eagerly waiting to visit her family back in Sri Lanka once the Covid-19 pandemic is over.
 
However, state minister Prof. Channa Jayasumana has said that according to the World Health Organization, Sri Lanka could begin using a Covid-19 vaccine only in February next year.
 
It will be problematic to use the UK-approved Pfizer vaccine, he has said.
 
Meanwhile, the WHO warns people not to get complacent about the spread of Covid-19 now the first vaccine doses have been rolled out.
 
"Vaccines do not mean zero Covid", said Mike Ryan, who is in charge of emergency situations at the UN agency.
 
"Vaccines and vaccination will add a major, major powerful tool to the toolkit that we have. But by themselves, they will not do the job. And therefore we have to add vaccines into an existing public health strategy."
 
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, "The progress in vaccines gives us all a boost and we can now start to see the light at the end of the tunnel."
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