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Japan to donate AstraZeneca vaccines to Sri Lanka through COVAX

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Japan has decided to provide 1.45 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured there to Sri Lanka through the COVAX Facility of the World Health Organisation (WHO)to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka, the Japanese embassy said.

The vaccines are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka from Japan during the coming weeks.

The Japanese embassy said the decision had been taken in response to the request by the Sri Lankan Government and as a part of Japan’s support for ensuring equitable access to safe and effective vaccines for as many people as possible in the fight against COVID-19.

In addition, as a part of the "Last Mile Support", the Government of Japan has been providing cold chain equipment through UNICEF, to establish a proper system of vaccination as well as to ensure equitable access to the vaccines for all people throughout the country. This includes cold storage boxes and vaccine carriers to store vaccines at the appropriate temperature and transport the vaccines to local vaccination centres.

“As a time-honoured friend of Sri Lanka, the Government of Japan hopes to contribute, through these supports, to the efforts of the Government of Sri Lanka to further accelerate the vaccination programme and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Sri Lanka.

Japan has provided USD 16.2 million to Sri Lanka to assist its efforts to combat COVID-19 and has also pledged USD 1 billion to the COVAX facility to ensure equitable distribution of vaccines in developing countries. Japan will continue to stand in solidarity with Sri Lanka in this joint combat against COVID-19,” the embassy said. (Kelum Bandara)

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  • ravin Tuesday, 13 July 2021 06:14 PM

    If we recollect our memories this was announced few weeks ago?

    roni Tuesday, 13 July 2021 06:25 PM

    Fantastic, so Prof Channa you may now need to halt the production of the Sinovac Vaccine you proclaimed would be produced here in 2 months on the 26/05/21.

    Suresh Tuesday, 13 July 2021 06:28 PM

    Thank you Japan.

    RoaringCreek Tuesday, 13 July 2021 06:38 PM

    What about the AstraZeneca vaccine the State Minister of Pharmaceuticals was bragging about. It is still in the pipeline or disappeared as usual.

    Ranaweera Wednesday, 14 July 2021 12:27 AM

    Thanks for the efforts of Prof Jayasumana, Sri Lanka may end up donating vaccines to India at this rate.

    PJS Wednesday, 14 July 2021 01:09 AM

    Thank you Japan. We as a helpless people must apologise to Japan on behalf of our ungrateful government for curtailing the light rail project.

    Dee Wednesday, 14 July 2021 05:40 AM

    Can those who already been given the china vaccine get the AZ one? It would be helpful for those who travel.


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