Chinese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Qi Zhenhong officially handed over a consignment of Sinopharm Covid vaccine to President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Colombo on 31.03.2021. This is the first consignment of Chinese Covid vaccines to Sri Lanka.
The President of the people’s Republic of China Xi Jinping has donated this stock of vaccines to Sri Lanka at the request of the President of Sri Lanka. The vaccine has been developed by the Sinopharm’s Beijing Institute of Biological Products and the Wuhan Institute of Biological Products in China. The consignment was brought to Sri Lanka on the SriLankan Airlines flight UL869 carrying 600,000 doses.
The vaccine is stored in the aircraft’s special cold storage, and is stored in the airport air cargo refrigerator. It is then transported by special vehicles with cold storage to the Central Vaccine Storage Complex of the Ministry of Health.
Vaccination of Chinese nationals in Sri Lanka will commence from next Monday. The Drug Regulatory Authority says that the vaccination of Sri Lankans will be done after a study by a committee of experts.
Chinese Ambassador Qi Zhenhong and Minister of State Prof. Channa Jayasumana signed the documents pertaining to the handing over of 600,000 Chinese vaccines.
(Main photo: SriLankan Airlines flight UL869 carrying 600,000 doses of vaccine at the Bandaranaike International Airport, Sri Lanka. / Sagara Lakmal de Mel, Suminda Keerthi – Presidential Media Unit)