Sri Lankans to take India-made Corona jabs, put Chinese vaccine on hold

New Delhi: The island nation, Sri Lanka, has deferred the use of Chinese Sinopharm’s  coronavirus vaccine. It will use India-made Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine instead.

Sri Lank will inoculate 14 million people to keep them at bay from the dreaded coronavirus. Observers maintained this is a big blow for China.

Sources said that the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm is yet to complete phase 3 clinical trials. A complete dossier related to the registration of the Chinese vaccine has also not yet been received.

Therefore, Sri Lanka will depend mostly on the AstraZeneca vaccine from the Serum Institute of India, reports said. With no takers for Sinovac, China is putting pressure on nations to buy its vaccine.

China had put pressure on the Himalayan country, Nepal, to accept its vaccine without its efficiency and efficacy being established.

According to a Brazilian government statement, the Sinovac vaccine was found to be far less effective than vaccines developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.