Private sector not authorized to import COVID vaccine


The private sector in Sri Lanka will not be authorized to import or sell the COVID-19 vaccine, government officials said.

The importation and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines will be conducted completely by the government, said Principal Adviser to the President, Lalith Weeratunga, who heads the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and National Development, on Friday, January 29.

According to Mr. Weeratunga, since the vaccines are being brought to the country under emergency circumstances, the acquiring of vaccine doses will be conducted through government intervention.

However, in the future, the private sector will also be authorized to bring down COVID-19 vaccines to Sri Lanka, Mr. Lalith Weeratunga further added.