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Sri Lanka’s COVID-recovered opposition leader promises to “donate” his vaccine to people

Sri Lanka opposition leader Sajith Premadasa

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka opposition leader Sajith Premadasa who recovered from COVID-19 said June 11 that he will donate his vaccine to the people.

“As a servant of the people, I do not wish to be vaccinated until everyone in the country is vaccinated. I shall donate my vaccine to the people of this country,” Premadasa told reporters.

Premadasa said the well-being of Sri Lanka’s 22 million population more important than his personal safety.

A patient who recovered from COVID-19, depending on disease severity, is recommended to wait four to eight weeks before getting vaccinated against the disease, reports say.

“My message to the people is that we will bring the maximum number of doses we can bring to our motherland and distribute it as widely as possible until we ensure that all lives are protected,” he said.

The Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) leader and his wife Jalani Premadasa tested positive for COVID-19 on May 23. The former was asymptomatic, but both were hospitalised for treatment.

Following his hospitalisation, members of the SJB parliamentary group was asked to self-isolate. SJB MP Nalin Bandara and his wife later tested positive on May 25.

General Secretary of the Party Ranjith Madduma Bandara tested negative for COVID-19 following a PCR test he conducted on May 26. (Colombo/June11/2021)

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