UK and Sri Lanka working together in search for Covid-19 vaccine

The UK and Sri Lanka working together in search for Covid-19 vaccine, the British High Commission in Colombo said today.

The UK hosted the Global Vaccine Summit on 4 June, bringing together leaders from around the world at a virtual event to pledge their support to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance.

The Global Vaccine Summit aimed to help Gavi save up to 8 million lives over the next five years and to protect 300 million more children against infectious diseases like measles.

The Global Vaccine Summit raised US$8.8 billion from 32 donor governments, 12 foundations, corporations and organisations, far exceeding the US$7.4 billion target.

Gavi is a crucial partner in the fight against infectious diseases globally, including coronavirus. With the support of UK aid, Gavi has immunized over 760 million children in the world’s poorest countries, saving more than 133 million lives.

“It is critical that we maintain routine immunization during the course of the coronavirus pandemic to stop the spread of infectious diseases and the resurgence of other pandemics. The UK is proud to be Gavi’s leading donor, and on 29 April our International Development Secretary pledged the equivalent of £330 million a year over the next five years,” the High Commission said in a statement.

International Development Secretary Anne-Marie Trevelyan said the world is quite rightly focusing on responding to the invisible killer that is coronavirus.

“But we cannot allow this pandemic to disrupt routine immunization in some of the world’s poorest countries and cause other deadly diseases to spread across the globe,” Trevelyan said.

This builds on the UK’s recent role as co-lead for the Global Coronavirus Response Initiative, which successfully raised 7.4 billion euros towards vaccines, tests and treatment to tackle the virus.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that Britain has been honoured to host the summit.

“You can count on our full contribution as together we rise to fulfil the greatest shared endeavour of our lifetime – the triumph of humanity over disease, now and for the generations that follow. As we make the choice today to unite and forge a path of global co-operation, let us also renew our collective resolve to find the vaccine that can defeat coronavirus,” he said.

The UK is committed to a fully coordinated international response to mitigate the global impact of COVID-19 and prevent a pandemic of this scale in the future. The UK recognises the need to share lessons and work together, drawing on the best of global science and evidence.

“That is why we are pleased that Sri Lanka participated in the Global Vaccine Summit. HE President Gotabaya Rajapaksa took part in a panel discussion on the importance of sustaining vital immunization during pandemics,” the High Commission said.

High Commissioner Sarah Hulton said the UK is delighted to announce LKR 10million in new funding to support vital immunology research between scientists at the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford and the University of Sri Jayawardenepura who are studying the immune response of Covid-19 patients in different populations. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. The Global Vaccine Summit raised US$8.8 billion from 32 donor governments. Sri Lanka should ask some of it to pay the loans and also to eradicate mosquitoes and stray dogs. Also please give some money to Rohitha as well, so he can continue to talk about his success :—)))

  2. The GOSL should in its quest to ensure the health and well being of the nation not allow healthcare and medical personal who have conflict of interests in that they are affiliated to big pharma and are funded by them to determine what course that should be followed in the matter of healthcare in this country.There is increasing evidence that the benefits and the statistics advanced are deliberately manipulated in big figures to promote the interests of big pharma who stand to gain in billions of dollars in revenue from sales by enforcing vaccinations especially in poor third world nations. In the West there is tremendous opposition to all form of vaccines by big independent health care and medical groups and there supporters who fact checked the claims by research organisations (which are heavily funded by big pharma) and have found the figures of prevention to disease due to vaccinations have deleberately been manipulated to show a very rosy picture. And not only this but on the contrary vaccination has been the direct cause of trigering a multitude of allergies (some life long), health complications and deaths.This information has been deliberately supressed at the behest of those working for the interests of big pharma.The GOSL should take measures to promote the activities of Department of Indigenous Medicine which promote the practices of Ayurveda, Sidda, Unani, Acupuncture, Homeopathy etc. They should try to forge alliances with other South Asian Nations having similar disciplines and try to develop traditional herbal drugs and medicines so that people people will be safeguarded from the harmful side effects of allopathic medicines and drugs. Even today their are thousands of people who patronise the practitioners of indigenous traditional medicines and after treatment enjoy good health free from allopathic drugs for decades.They have been cured from NCDs and CDs. If these treatments are sourced by our health authorities we can research and develop them further and offer it to the world and even encourage foreigners to visit Sri Lanka and make it a hub for natural herbal cures


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