Minister Dullas Alahapperuma says pharmaceutical giants created undue fear among the public when the novel coronavirus first emerged last year.
Speaking during an event in Matara, Minister Alahapperuma said they sought to instil fear by using the coronavirus to further their interests.
The Minister said the virus cannot be seen to the naked eye.
He however said the virus which appears like an explosive or a specter has been used to instill fear amongst the people.
Minister Alahapperuma said a public discourse is required pertaining to the coronavirus as the world has been continuously traumatized by the pandemic.