Officials said that 2 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine purchased by Sri Lanka and 300 doses gifted by the Chinese army arrived in the country.
Maimed military personnel, war widows, dependents and ex-servicemen will get the Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese military.
Following a request made by the Defence Secretary, General Kamal Gunaratne (Retd.) to Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe during his official visit to Sri Lanka in April this year, the Ministry of National Defence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) decided to donate 300,000 doses of the Sinopharm vaccine to Sri Lanka.
General Gunaratne pointed out the necessity during the bilateral discussion held between the two officials to strengthen the Sri Lankan military since they are performing a dedicated role in combating the spread of the coronavirus.
Accordingly, maimed military personnel, dependents and ex-servicemen are also expected to be vaccinated in the same process. (Colombo Gazette)