Colombo: Sri Lanka has received its first consignment of Russia's "Sputnik V" vaccine. Sri Lanka was struggling with a shortage of vaccines due to the delay in getting Kovid-19 vaccines from neighboring India. He received 15,000 vaccines in the early hours of Tuesday. Sri Lanka ordered 13 million vaccines of Sputnik V to Russia's Gamalaya Institute.
Channa Jayasuman, Minister of State for Drug Production, Supply and Regulation, and officials of the Russian Embassy were present at the country's main airport to receive the vaccines. Jaisuman said that he expected Sri Lanka to get a total of 13 million vaccines of Sputnik V from Russia in the future. Sri Lanka faces a shortage of 600,000 vaccines of Oxford-AstraZeneca in completing the second phase of the vaccination campaign.
The Sri Lankan Ministry of Health currently has about 350,000 vaccines and is short of 600,000 vaccines as it has not yet received vaccines sourced from India. The number of Kovid-19 patients has been increasing rapidly across the country since last week. The total cases of infection in Sri Lanka have risen to 111,753 and 696 people have died.