Sri Lanka said 150,000 health workers and 115,000 selected military and police troops will be the first to be inoculated at six hospitals in Colombo and its suburbs.
One of the hospitals is reserved for COVID-19 patients while the others have separate wards for the coronavirus.
The Health Ministry plans to expand the vaccination campaign to 4,000 hospitals and health centers in other parts of the country next week.
The country has ordered 2 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine and is planning to order 3 million more from India. It also expects some from the U.N. COVAX Facility to be able to vaccine 20% of the population.
Sri Lanka has grappled with a fresh outbreak of the disease since October, when two clusters – one centered on a garment factory and the other on the main fish market – emerged in and around Colombo. Since then, it has reported more than 55,000 cases and 260 deaths. An average of 500-900 cases are being reported daily.
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