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Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine: Japan mum on Sri Lanka’s claims

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Japan refused to confirm reports that it is considering giving Sri Lanka 600,000 doses of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

When contacted by Daily Mirror, the Japanese Embassy in Colombo was noncommittal on the matter.

Embassy said Japan will allocate around 30 million doses of vaccines manufactured in Japan to other countries and regions, including through the COVAX Facility

Responding to an email from Daily Mirror, the Japanese Embassy said that when circumstances allow and at an appropriate time, Japan will allocate around 30 million doses of vaccines manufactured in Japan to other countries and regions, including through the COVAX Facility.

“Since our HQ is in review of further details, the Embassy would like to refrain from making comments including the communication in reference with the Government of Sri Lanka,” the Japanese Embassy said in a brief response.

On Wednesday, the President’s Media Division had said that Japan was considering a request from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for 600,000 doses of the Astrazeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

President Rajapaksa had put forward the request to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.

A response from the Japanese Prime Minister was relayed to the President during a discussion held between the Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira and President Rajapaksa on Wednesday, the President’s Media Division said.(EASWARAN RUTNAM)

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  • VJ Friday, 11 June 2021 08:08 AM

    Looks like a publicity stunt back fired, don’t count your chickens before they are hatched.

    Chick Friday, 11 June 2021 08:57 AM

    They are counting the chickens before raising any chicks!!!

    Boo Friday, 11 June 2021 09:03 AM

    Nandasena is a total failure. FAILED.

    Dingi Friday, 11 June 2021 09:03 AM

    Another publicity gimmick. Where is competency.

    Be Fair Friday, 11 June 2021 09:27 AM

    Ayio What a Sorry state this is. Governance at the lowest ebb

    Sunil Friday, 11 June 2021 02:50 PM

    Ruling by deceit is the order of the day.

    roni Friday, 11 June 2021 08:53 PM

    Now we have gone to the other end of the world as FM to Australia. Where next? What a disaster this Government is.

    PJS Friday, 11 June 2021 09:03 PM

    Cancelling the light rail project with Japan forgotten? shameless fellows.


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