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Securing the Astra Zeneca booster dose among current priorities

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Advice from the World Health Organisation(WHO) is to take the second dose of the vaccine as soon as possible after 12 weeks. Opitimum immunity from the first dose lasts for 12 weeks and starts to go down after 14 weeks. ‘One of the priorities for Sri Lanka now is to get the second dose of the Astra Zeneca vaccine for those who got its first dose’, said Dr PalithaAbeykoon Sri Lanka’s WHO representative. ‘We are trying to get at least 550, 000 Astra Zeneca vaccines ...Continued

New Lockdown Guidelines

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Covid pandemic was preventable, says WHO-commissioned report

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The Covid pandemic was a preventable disaster that need not have cost millions of lives if the world had reacted more quickly, according to an independent high-level panel, which castigates global leaders and calls for major changes to bring it to an end and ensure it cannot happen again. The report of the panel, chaired by the former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a former president of Liberia, found “weak links at every point in the chain”. Why is the ...Continued

Covid Situation Report Sri lanka

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As India’s coronavirus catastrophe worsens, new waves of infections are...

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The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday that India had accounted for nearly half of all global infections and a quarter of deaths reported in the past week. But cases have also skyrocketed in countries around India, from Nepal in the north to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in the south. And it’s not just India’s neighbors — further away in Southeast Asia, infections are also surging in Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. “The Southeast Asia region reported over 2.7 million new cases and over ...Continued

History will not absolve the government if it does not...

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As the third wave of the Covid–19 pandemic rages through the country with infected cases surging day by day, the decision-makers are engrossed in a debate on a crucial question. The question is whether the country should go for a total lockdown. The pandemic is swelling to furious proportions in every corner of the country, showing no signs of remorse and will overwhelm the health services soon. This time last year Sri Lanka was in total lockdown. President Gotabaya Rajapaksa bowed to the advice of ...Continued

Sri Lanka gears to meet Covid variant outbreak

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Health officials are putting in place measures to deal with the surge in the number of Covid– 19 positive cases following the fresh wave which has hit the country. Predictions are that the number of cases willrise in the coming weeks. Preparations are underway to have 5000 more hospital beds and about 100-150 more ICU beds, which will affect its availability for patients with other illnesses. Dubbed the New Year cluster, the fresh wave comes on the heels of the traditional Sinhala and Hindu New ...Continued

Covid Update

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China and Lanka vow to cooperate in all sectors including...

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Sri Lanka and China vowed on Wednesday to enhance pragmatic cooperation in all sectors between the two countries, including the military, China’s official agency Xinhua reported. The pledge came after Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense, Wei Fenghe, Closely following the pragmatic cooperation in the military field between the two countries, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa hoped that the two militaries will carry out closer exchanges so as to further lift the ...Continued

Revealed: How a single pill home cure for Covid could...

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Trials of first pill specifically designed to stop SARS-CoV-2 are under way at Pfizer buildings in United States and Belgium At two anonymous Pfizer buildings, one in the US and one in Belgium, a remarkable experiment is under way. Up to 60 volunteers, all clean-living adults aged between 18 and 60, are being given the first pill specifically designed to stop SARS-CoV-2. If the trial is successful, it is just possible that a home cure for Covid-19 will become available later this year. The Prime ...Continued

The Colombo Port City; a melee of incongruous arguments

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The miracle of “Shenzen” inspired governments globally to find ways and means out of adverse situations that plague countries in terms of their economic performance, especially in the post-second world war era. Shenzen was well-regarded the world over as the most judicious and prudent way of experimenting with fundamental economic reforms the Chinese leaders wanted to introduce to the country’s economic structure. It was more of a litmus test of how market reforms such as liberalisation of the economy works within the global economic context. ...Continued

Bar Association opposes Parliamentary Motion based on the report of...

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The Bar Association of Sri Lanka in a statement issued has opposed any move by the government to pass a motion in Parliament based on the Report of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry on Political victimisation The BASL said it would firmly resist any attempt to use the said Motion to withdraw any criminal action pending before a Court of Law. They also called upon the Prime Minister to refrain from pursuing with the said motion. The Bar Association said that they are of the ...Continued

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