The Association of Health Professionals has criticised the statement made by State Minister Channa Jayasumana who had claimed that the effectiveness of three vaccines against COVID-19 including Pfizer reduces considerably after six months.
The Association accuses the State Minister of attempting to justify the move to procure Sinopharm vaccine doses from China and alluding that it is more effecting against COVID-19 than others.
Speaking to media, President of the Association Ravi Kumudesh said the efficacy of any vaccine reduces after six months.
He said the generation of anti-bodies reduces on a daily basis. Ravi Kumudesh noted that State Minister Channa Jayasumana is deriving details from a research conducted by Western countries.
He said those countries have not used the Sinopharm vaccine and therefore have not tested the efficacy of the dose manufactured in China.
Ravi Kumudesh said the State Minister should not make comparisons of the efficacy of vaccines that are not even examined. He accused the State Minister of attempting to deceive the public to further his personal interest.
Meanwhile, Ravi Kumudesh has stated that once again the tests conducted to detect COVID-19 cases in the country have come down considerably.
He claimed that not even five percent of the tests required to screen coronavirus cases are conducted at present.
Ravi Kumudesh said tests are conducted on persons who arrive at centres requesting for tests and at times even their requests are rejected.
He said not only those exhibiting symptoms but random tests must be conducted on persons in the society to evaluate the real situation in the country.
He added 20 deaths are reported daily due to COVID-19 and the Ministry of Health must take measures to minimise such fatalities.