Mar 31, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa today accepted a consignment of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines donated by China.
Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong officially handed over the consignment of Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccines developed by China National Pharmaceutical Group to President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo this afternoon (31).
The consignment of vaccines was donated to Sri Lanka at the request of the President to the President of China Xi Jinping.
SriLankan Airlines flight UL869 carrying 600,000 doses of the vaccine arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 11.28 am today (31).
Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong and State Minister of Pharmaceutical Production, Supply and Regulation Prof. Channa Jayasumana signed the documents pertaining to the handing over of 600,000 vaccines.
The vaccine stored in the aircraft's special cold storage during flight will be stored in the air cargo cold storage at the airport. It is planned to transport the vaccine stock to the Central Vaccine Storage Complex of the Ministry of Health by refrigerated trucks.
Vaccination of Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka with the Sinopharm vaccine will commence from next Monday. Vaccination of Sri Lankans with the Chinese vaccine will be done after a study by a committee of experts, the National Medicines Regulatory Authority says.
Ministers Dinesh Gunawardena, Prasanna Ranatunga, State Ministers Sudarshani Fernandopulle and Tharaka Balasuriya, Chinese special delegation, Chief Adviser to the President Lalith Weeratunga, Foreign Secretary Admiral Prof. Jayanath Colombage, Health Secretary Retired Major General Specialist Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Chairman of the Airport and Aviation Company, Major General G.A. Chandrasiri, Ministry secretaries and health officials were present at the occasion.