ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has got a positive response from Japan to a request by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for 600,000 Astra Zeneca Coronavirus vaccines, his office said.
“President Gotabaya Rajapaksa’s request made to the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, seeking to obtain 600,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine has been met with positive responses,” a statement said.
Sri Lanka is seeking AstraZeneca vaccines to give a second dose to people who got the first vaccine from around February 2020 from India. After an outbreak in India, exports were halted.
“The Japanese Government has also acceded to the President’s request to provide medical supplies and healthcare equipment needed to contain the spread of COVID-19 virus.
“The President also drew the attention of the Japanese Ambassador to obtain technical assistance required for expeditiously respond to maritime accidents.”
President Rajapaksa had met Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Sugiyama Akira at the Presidential Secretariat on June 09. (Colombo/June09/2021)