Defence Secretary Gen. Kamal Gunaratne (Retd.) officially received a consignment of 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine meant for Sri Lankan Armed Forces from the Chinese Defence Attaché in Sri Lanka Senior Colonel Wan Dong at the Bandaranaike International Airport today.
Responding to the media during the event, the Defence Secretary said service personnel, their families and ex-servicemen are expected to be vaccinated with the receipt of this consignment.
“Since a greater number of service personnel have been vaccinated as of now, the general public could also be facilitated using the balance amount”, he pledged.
Meanwhile, Gen. Gunaratne extended his gratitude to the Government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Chinese Ministry of National Defence and the Defence Minister for the timely supportive measure. Recalling the remarkable long standing relationship maintained by the two countries, Senior Col. Dong said “Chinese people won’t hesitate to extend their supportive hands in difficult times for Sri Lankans”.
This consignment of the vaccine is to combat the COVID-19 pandemic through solidarity, he added.