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Whilst highlighting that COVID-19 pandemic will not end this year, the vaccine distribution will be a time-consuming process, former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

He called for the appointment of a special parliamentary select committee to monitor the developments regarding the process of obtaining effective vaccines.

A Parliamentary select committee can monitor the distribution of COVID-19 vaccine and report to the House on its progress, Mr. Wickremesinghe said during a discussion with a group of youth in Mirihana on Saturday.

"An assurance has been given by the government that vaccines will be available in March this year. This is far from being the truth.

Firstly the vaccine will be available only to 20 percent of the population as per GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunisation). India has said its vaccine will be available to only a 20 million population in the SAARC region. The total population in the SAARC region is around 600 million.

Therefore, only a fraction of the Sri Lankan population will have access to the vaccine.

Secondly, Sri Lanka has failed to implement guidelines stipulated by certain international programmes such as The Vaccines Pillar of the Access to COVID-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator. Sri Lanka has also failed to appoint a Strategic Advisory Group of Experts committee stipulated by WHO. Sri Lanka had also failed to provide an advanced market commitment as per the deadline which was beginning of November last year. Sri Lanka did this only in January this year.

These shortcomings will lead to a delay in obtaining vaccines," he said.

"Sri Lanka, like other countries, is experiencing the third wave of COVID-19. Waves of COVID-19 come one after the other. Besides, there are different variants of the disease. There is the British variant which has already come to Sri Lanka, there is a South African variant which cannot be contained with the vaccine. There is also a Brazilian variant which a patient could get infected more than once.

Therefore, the pandemic is not going to end soon according to world health experts," he added.

"In such circumstances forming a government at troubled times such as this is like getting infected by COVID-19 deliberately. What we should be doing now is to come together as a nation to fight the pandemic forgetting political differences," he also said.(Yohan Perera)

 

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  • A nizam Monday, 18 January 2021 04:38 AM

    A parliamentary select committee should be appointed to examine RWs brain.. as to why he thinks he should continue to be UNP leader despite people rejecting him time after time.

    City Monday, 18 January 2021 06:51 AM

    Sir , our people will never understand your language.thats the sad truth.

    Selvakumar Monday, 18 January 2021 07:19 AM

    Corona virus different story in sri Lanka !!!

    Chaluka de Silva Monday, 18 January 2021 07:21 AM

    Ranil Ranil go away, don't come another day!!

    Sokrates Monday, 18 January 2021 07:33 AM

    The man is right about that.

    Plato who? Monday, 18 January 2021 07:35 AM

    You sound more like Plato of this era, far away from reality. The expert group is fully occupied with how many bodies to burn, how many tourist hotels to run, how many sick Ukrainians and Burmese to bring, because this is bread and butter for them.

    Selvakumar Monday, 18 January 2021 07:47 AM

    Who will be fighting with corona virus their have different power this world !!!

    Ramasamy Monday, 18 January 2021 10:49 PM

    Sir, good morning


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