Covid-19 News Update: Sri Lanka To Order Five Million Pfizer Doses Amid Third Coronavirus Wave
The emergency decision to approve the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was taken after the Sri Lanka faced a severe shortage of vaccines.
Sri Lanka has now reportedly become the first nation in South Asia to approve the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. As per the reports, the nation is battling the third wave of the rampant virus and has issued an emergency approval of the Pfizer jab. Reports suggest that the country is going to order 5 million doses of the vaccine. Watch the news video below to find out more details.
This emergency decision to approve the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine was taken after the country faced a severe shortage of vaccines. Apart from Pfizer, the island nation has also approved the Sputnik V vaccine developed by Russia and the Sinovac vaccine developed by China for emergency use. Reports claim that earlier Sri Lanka had received India’s Covishield vaccine.
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Sri Lanka has reported approximately 2ooo positive cases of Coronavirus in the last 24 hours or so. As per the reports, the nation approved the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine after studies indicated that two doses of this jab provide more than 95% efficacy. The vaccine is said to be very effective against ‘infection, hospitalisation as well as deaths’ from Covid-19.
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Studies have also shown that this vaccine is very effective among the elderly. As per the reports, Canada has approved the vaccine even for children between the age of 12 to 15 years. This decision taken by the Canadian government made it the first nation to approve the Pfizer vaccine for children.
As for India, as the country faces the second wave of Coronavirus, several countries around the world have extended help. Some of those countries include the United States Of America, the United Kingdom and Russia who have extended support.