Health Ministry gets ready with vaccination against Covid-19 | Sunday Observer

Health Ministry gets ready with vaccination against Covid-19

25 October, 2020

The Health Ministry is now preparing the country for a vaccination against Covid-19, Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said.She said, the World Health Organization (WHO) had informed the Health Ministry that a vaccine approved by the WHO may be available for Covid-19 shortly.

Therefore, steps are now being taken to prepare the country for vaccinations.

She was speaking in Parliament on Friday.

The WHO has advised us to prepare the country for the vaccine. They have not informed us exactly what the vaccine is, but preparations are now under way, she said.

Minister Wanniarachchi said that even though the Opposition said that Covid-19 had spread in the community, neither the Health Ministry nor the Epidemiology Unit had confirmed it as yet.

It is a technical matter to confirm whether Covid-19 has spread into the community. It should be done according to criteria of the WHO, she added.

According to the WHO, it is working with partners Gavi and UNICEF to ensure that the infrastructure is in place, and the technical support available, to make sure Covid-19 vaccines can be safely delivered to all those who need them.

There are currently more than 100 Covid-19 vaccine candidates, with a number of these in the human trial phase. WHO is working in collaboration with scientists, business, and global health organisations under the ACT Accelerator to speed up the pandemic response.

When a safe and effective vaccine is found, COVAX (led by WHO, GAVI and CEPI) will facilitate equitable access and distribution of these vaccines to protect people in all countries. People most at risk will be prioritised.