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Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has responded positively to a request made by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to supply 600,000 doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccines to Sri Lanka's Health Ministry, the President's office said today.

During discussions held between President Rajapaksa and Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira at the Presidential Secretariat, the Ambassador said the Japanese Premier had responded positively to Rajapaksa's request and the Daily Mirror learns further details would be worked out soon.

The Japanese government has also acceded to the President's request to provide medical supplies and healthcare equipment needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus, the President's office said while during the discussions, the President also drew the attention of the Japanese Ambassador to obtain technical assistance required for expeditiously respond to maritime accidents. 

Over the past few months, the Sri Lankan government had been desperately hunting for 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccines to inoculate those who had received the first jabs and had spread the word globally that it was willing to purchase at any price.

Following the meeting between the President and the Japanese Ambassador today morning, it is still unclear as to what price Sri Lanka would purchase these vaccines from Japan and when it would arrive here. (JAMILA HUSAIN)

 

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  • Cisco Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:21 PM

    Hurrah!!!! I too need the second dose

    Saint Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:29 PM

    Will believe only till I see it and get it

    Harry Roland Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:34 PM

    And yet GR canceled the LRT project???

    Colin Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:36 PM

    If it is true Japan maybe responding in gratitude to the famous speech JR Jayawardena made in San Francisco in defense of Japan after World War 2 It's time we patched up with Japan after we cancelled the light Road Rail project as the Japanese are sincere in their friendship

    Mohan De Silva Wednesday, 09 June 2021 02:45 PM

    Good News Thank you President

    SiverStreek Wednesday, 09 June 2021 03:17 PM

    Well this show that the US has no intention to provide vaccines to Sri Lanka. This is due to Sri Lanka poor and alined foreign policy.

    Covid shield Receipient Wednesday, 09 June 2021 04:56 PM

    Friend in need is a friend indeed. thank you JR.

    Pushkara Epa Wednesday, 09 June 2021 06:20 PM

    Japan has no vaccine for themselves. Less than 10% they vaccinated. They need vaccines before Olympics. I doubt they would donate 600000 doses. Another political fantasy.

    O M Weerasooriya Wednesday, 09 June 2021 08:31 PM

    the times reported that America has already agreed to donate the vaccine


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