Another 2.3 million doses of the Chinese manufactured Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine reached Sri Lanka today.
300,000 doses of the vaccine consignment were donated by the Chinese People’s Liberation Army to the Sri Lanka Army, while the remaining two million doses were purchased by the Lankan government.
NewsRadio airport correspondent said Secretary of Defence Kamal Guneratne and Army Commander Shavendra Silva were present at the airport, alongside other government officials to welcome the consignment.
The SriLankan Airlines UL 869 flight arrived from Beijing, China and landed at the Bandaranaike International Airport at 5.20 this morning.
The Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka said accordingly the number of Sinopharm vaccine doses received by Sri Lanka will increase to 18 million while seven million doses have been supplied by China in the month of August alone.
As of yesterday, 4,863,109 individuals have been fully vaccinated with the Sinopharm jab in Sri Lanka.