WHO says Sri Lanka on track to fully vaccinate population

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says Sri Lanka is on track to fully vaccinate 10% of its population ahead of the vaccine equity September target.

Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus tweeted thanking the Sri Lanka Government and people of for their efforts, and continued vigilance on proven public health and social measures to suppress the virus.

“Glad to see that Sri Lanka is on track to fully vaccinate 10% of its population ahead of the vaccine equity September target! Thanks to the Government and people of for their efforts, and continued vigilance on proven public health and social measures to suppress the virus,” he said.

The WHO had last week hailed Sri Lanka’s achievement of vaccinating over 500,000 people in a single day.

WHO congratulated the Ministry of Health and the Government on the impressive milestone.

The WHO had also warned that COVID19 cases are rising globally including in Sri Lanka.

The WHO office in Sri Lanka had tweeted last week saying the rise in numbers is driven by the highly transmissible Delta variant, increased social mixing/mobility, inconsistent PHSM and inequitable vaccination.

“Hard-won gains are in jeopardy and health systems are being overwhelmed,” the WHO said.

Meanwhile, Ghebreyesus said that almost 4 million COVID19 cases were reported to the WHO last week. (Colombo Gazette)

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