Vaccination will begin on Friday at six hospitals.
Sri Lanka on Thursday acquired 5,00,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine gifted by India, the nation’s first consignment as the island nation prepares to start its roll-out.
President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, who acquired the vaccines from the Indian High Commissioner on the Bandaranaike International Airport on Thursday morning, tweeted: “Received 500,000 #COVID19 vaccines provided by #peopleofindia at #BIA today(28). Thank you! PM Shri @narendramodi & #peopleofindia for the generosity shown towards #PeopleofSriLanka at this time in need.”
Vaccination will begin on Friday at six fundamental hospitals in Sri Lanka’s Western Province, an announcement from President Rajapaksa’s workplace stated. “Around 1,50,000 health workers, 1,20,000 members of the tri-forces, police and security forces who are at the frontline of COVID prevention operations will be given first priority,” the assertion stated.
Sri Lanka’s public well being sector, together with the navy, has been main the nation’s response to the pandemic, because it struck the island in March 2020. Sri Lanka, which managed the primary wave successfully, is presently witnessing a surge in the coronavirus instances, with the variety of optimistic sufferers and deaths going up from 3,300 and 13, respectively, in early October to 60,694 infections and 290 deaths as of Thursday. In addition to reporting the current U.Okay.-variant of the virus, scientists in Sri Lanka earlier this week recognized one other new pressure, reported in nations such as Switzerland, Denmark, Iceland, and Germany.
India donated the vaccines to Sri Lanka following a request President Rajapaksa made to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, who was in Colombo earlier this month, had assured Sri Lanka that India would give it “top priority” whereas dispatching vaccines in the area.
Over the previous few weeks, the Maldives, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar in the neighbourhood acquired vaccines from India, in addition to Mauritius, Seychelles, and Brazil and Morocco, that acquired them on a industrial association.
The Indian High Commission in Colombo, on the eve of the arrival of the vaccines stated, the consignment of COVISHIELD vaccine was arriving on the “auspicious Duruthu Poya Day” [full moon], in what it known as “a remarkable coincidence”.
“As such the High Commissioner, who had first arrived in Sri Lanka to take up his assignment in the Vesak Week in May 2019 with 12.5 tons of medical …will pray at the sacred Gangaramaya Temple [famous Buddhist shrine in Colombo] for the health and wellbeing of the people of Sri Lanka on the day,” a press launch stated. “He will also seek the blessings of Ven. Dr. Kirinde Assaji Thero [senior Buddhist monk at the temple]. As per the Buddhist traditions in India and Sri Lanka, High Commissioner will offer meals to devotees at the Temple,” the assertion stated.