Daily vaccination numbers, which have remained above 230,000 since Monday, dropped to 167,462 on Saturday, when 166,502 persons received either the first or second dose of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine and 960 persons received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite this, Our World in Data shows that Sri Lanka has the highest rate of daily COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people. Data for 17 June shows that Sri Lanka’s rate of vaccines per million is 1.28, while Malaysia’s is 1.25, Portugal’s is 1.23 and Cambodia’s rate is 1.13.
At present, Sri Lanka is administering five vaccines through the COVID-19 immunisation program, with Sinopharm being the vaccine administered to the highest number of people. According to the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka, 5.6 million doses of Sinopharm are due to arrive within the next three weeks in three batches.
On Saturday, the first dose of Sinopharm was administered to 154,962 persons and the second dose was administered to 11,540 persons. In total, 4,449,546 persons have received the Sinopharm first dose and 1,267,725 persons have received the Sinopharm second dose.
The Epidemiology Unit states that 925,242 persons have received the first dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine and 385,885 persons have received the second dose of the vaccine.
In addition to this, the Sputnik V first dose has been administered to 157,368 persons and the second dose to 14,464 persons.
According to the Epidemiology Unit, 46,753 persons have received the first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine in the country.
Meanwhile, administration of the Moderna vaccine, of which Sri Lanka received 1.5 million doses through the COVAX Facility, commenced yesterday for persons over the age of 30 in the Central Province.
In total, the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine has been administered to 5,578,909 persons and the second dose to 1,668,074 persons.