The opposition charges that attempts are underway to provide the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses to certain Ministers’ strongholds, instead of providing it for school children.
Speaking during a media briefing, Parliamentarian Nalin Bandara Jayamaha said in an environment that schools have remained closed for a lengthy period of time, the government lacks a plan to provide the vaccine to school children.
The Parliamentarian said the Pfizer vaccine is recommended for the youth, while a large group that is hoping to go overseas is waiting to get the Pfizer vaccine as it is accepted in several countries.
He added therefore it must be administered based on priority.
MP Jayamaha stated doctors had recommended the vaccine be given to school children, claiming students are facing various difficulties and are under mental stress due to the closure of schools.
He added only 40% of students are able to access online education.
The MP noted at present children are stuck at home without being able to go to school, adding the government has not understood this and is using the Pfizer vaccine to show their strength in their constituencies.
On a separate note, MP Nalin Bandara said through the imposition of emergency regulations, a shortage of goods will be created in the market.
The MP said the market cannot be managed by unnecessary interventions. He added that during the term of the former government, the economy was managed through the Cost of Living Committee, adding that taxes were reduced or increased accordingly.
The MP noted at present prices of all goods have increased and there is a shortage of several food items.
MP Jayamaha noted that Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage said prices of rice will be reduced, adding however that he was unable to achieve this and the government has now imposed emergency regulations which will worsen the situation.
He stressed the government must intervene in an intelligent manner to manage the market.