President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa says the catastrophic coronavirus situation in the country was brought under control through the government vaccination program.
Joining a high-level online debate on accelerating universal vaccination at the United Nations General Assembly in New York yesterday, the President pointed out that there was potential for new strains to emerge, at a time when countries are experiencing global disparity in vaccine availability.
At the commencement of the debate, President of the UN General Assembly, Abdulla Shahid and Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke on the importance of getting vaccinated and how different states have acted on it.
In the first round of the debate, the challenges posed in vaccine production and distribution, quality, absorption capacity in countries with low vaccination rates, improved delivery rates and supply forecasting were discussed.
The second round of the debate will focus on identifying the innovations and solutions needed to overcome current challenges and will also look forward to accelerating global vaccination.