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A worldwide black market for corona vaccines


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State Minister of Pharmaceuticals Supply and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana has stated that a worldwide black market for corona vaccine has been created today. Sri Lanka should be wary of it.

According to Prof. Channa Jayasumana, it has been revealed that some of the private sector companies in the country that have come forward as intermediaries to import corona vaccine from foreign countries are importing plywood, doing container business, and shipping.

He said that AstraZeneca vaccines are also available in private companies in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Canada, France, and Australia. Several private companies have agreed to act as intermediaries to import the vaccine from those companies.

Mr. Jayasumana also said that some companies did not go beyond the requirement to submit relevant documents to ascertain whether the imported vaccines were from the parent company.


He added that it was the government's responsibility to ensure that the vaccines were correct when imported.