May 31, 2021

How did health ministry give 5000 more doses of AstraZeneca than available stocks? Featured

Many citizens are in a quandary in trying to understand as to how the health officials administered 5000 more doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine than the actual amount brought to the country. 

According to the data provided by the Health Ministry, Sri Lanka has so far received 1,264,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

According to our details, Sri Lanka got the first batch (500,000 doses) on Jan. 27 as a donation from India.

The 2nd batch came on Feb 25. and this batch included 500,000 doses bought by the government from the Serum Institute of India.

The 3rd batch was 264,000 doses came through UNICEF under the COVAX facility.

The data provided by the Health Ministry shows that 925,242 persons were given the first shot, leaving 338,758 shots to be given as the 2nd dose.

But by Saturday, 343,805 persons had been given the 2nd dose. That shows that 5047 additional doses have been given.

This means although Sri Lanka got 1,264,000 doses,  health officials have actually given 169,042 shots.

Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror reported today that the Director General of Health Services Dr. Asela Gunawardena has ordered the relevant health officials to create extra doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine from the liquid remaining in each vial .

The DG has emphasised that the liquid remaining is sufficient to create more doses of the vaccine to inoculate those who have got the first jab.

The DG has stated that it is natural that a certain amount of liquid remains in the vial after drawing the final dose from it.

He has noted that the remaining amount is adequate to inoculate another dose (0.5 ml).