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US picks Sri Lanka to share Covid vaccines

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By Easwaran Rutnam 

@easwaranrutnam

The United States has picked Sri Lanka, among other countries, to share 25 million coronavirus vaccines. 

The White House said that the United States has received requests for vaccines from countries all over the world.   

As a result, the US will share up to one-quarter of its donated doses directly with countries in need, those experiencing surges, immediate neighbors, and other countries that have requested immediate US assistance. 

Sri Lanka had made a formal request to the US for vaccines to meet its urgent requirement, which included 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

The White House said that the specific vaccines and amounts will be determined and shared as the Administration works through the logistical, regulatory and other parameters particular to each region and country. 

“We are sharing these doses not to secure favors or extract concessions. We are sharing these vaccines to save lives and to lead the world in bringing an end to the pandemic, with the power of our example and with our values. And we will continue to follow the science and to work in close cooperation with our democratic partners to coordinate a multilateral effort, including through the G7,” US President Joe Biden said. 

The US announced the proposed allocation plan for the first 25 Million doses it will share.  

Nearly 19 million will be shared through COVAX, with the approximately 7 million for Asia to countries and entities including Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Maldives, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, Papua New Guinea, Taiwan, and the Pacific Islands.  

The White House said that the sharing of millions of US vaccines with other countries signals a major commitment by the US Government. 

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  • Kirthi Friday, 04 June 2021 06:22 AM

    Thank you for helping the 600000 citizens practically abandoned by the government. We have made organic fertilizer a priority and focusing on it after very successful management of the pandemic. Please keep us informed of the arrival date of the vaccines because our politicians have to be at the airport to take pictures and brag about their effectiveness.

    Chandima Friday, 04 June 2021 06:36 AM

    To the US Ambassador in Sri Lanka, If you read this please ensure we people in Sri Lanka get Astra Zeneca for the second jab which is overdue for most of the ordinary citizens. People will appreciate your country's kind gesture.

    abeyro Friday, 04 June 2021 06:49 AM

    International Conspiracy - Even if we die we will not accept USA assistance - We are Patriots

    Demuni Uduwara Friday, 04 June 2021 06:56 AM

    Mr. Bidan, Thank you. You have not forgotten us.

    Dhammika Gunaratne Friday, 04 June 2021 06:58 AM

    Thank you Mr. President of the USA for your kind and thoughful desture .

    Saint Friday, 04 June 2021 07:29 AM

    Tell America to keep it. Chances of general public getting the Astra vaccine is literally because our politicians will steal it for their own.

    Palitha Premasiri Palepitiya Gamage Friday, 04 June 2021 07:59 AM

    It's great! I highly appreciate Mr. President, Joe Biden's approach.

    CHOLMONDELEY PINTO Friday, 04 June 2021 08:14 AM

    US in competition with Chinese. Very good and we can benefit if we remain non align

    Jef Friday, 04 June 2021 08:15 AM

    Wish others think the same democratic countries .the gentleman's where others are salesmans our responsibility to save lives others think how to make money you wil never find genuine friends and partner's that we always had...

    Abhaya Panditharatne Friday, 04 June 2021 08:18 AM

    We, Sri Lankans, appreciate this worthy

    Lanka Panditharatne Friday, 04 June 2021 08:19 AM

    WE NEED ONE MILLION AS THE SECOND DOSE

    Jude Friday, 04 June 2021 08:30 AM

    Hey Yankees!!, It has to be No Strings Attached ,!! Yeah!!

    A.C.M.Inayathullah Friday, 04 June 2021 08:31 AM

    Vaccine outsourcing elements have been desperately looking for vaccine these days in vain, with the begging machinery to include the vaccine import, now luckily that is going to reach to their palms. It is shame for us and our future generations to make all of them, as this elements made us as professional beggars rather than citizens of this country.

    Anura Nanayakkara Friday, 04 June 2021 08:33 AM

    Great President of U.S . Have a great service time as a reasonable President!!

    Hope Friday, 04 June 2021 08:39 AM

    Saviour?

    Sanje Friday, 04 June 2021 08:47 AM

    7 Million among 20 countries in Asia. lucky even if we can receive even 500K. Acid test for SL diplomacy.

    Leel Friday, 04 June 2021 10:33 AM

    I hope those who does not like USA will not take their 2nd jab from this lot

    Allergic Friday, 04 June 2021 10:54 AM

    Hope Wimal Sahodaraya will accept your offer because our blood works well with Chinese vaccines only.

    Dante Friday, 04 June 2021 01:57 PM

    Thank you President Biden! I hope other G7 countries will follow suite. And the Sri Lankan authorities will offer their full diplomatic support and services to promptly receive the much needed AstraZeneca vaccines as soon as possible. The 600,000 shortage of vaccines caused 600,000 people to miss their AZ second dose by all most a month now. Thank you.

    Priyan Wickremasinghe Friday, 04 June 2021 02:04 PM

    The politicos

    Appi Friday, 04 June 2021 06:15 PM

    God bless you, President Biden. We appreciate your generosity.


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