Colombo, August 28 (NewsWire) – The United States donated over 100,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka today. These vaccines, delivered through COVAX, will help save lives and increase the COVID-19 vaccination coverage in Sri Lanka so essential to ending the pandemic.
“As the pandemic continues and new variants emerge, it is critical we work together to vaccinate as many people as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Alaina Teplitz, the U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka and Maldives. “This donation of FDA-approved Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines comes at no cost and represents the United States’ continuing commitment to the health and prosperity of the Sri Lankan people.”
This vaccine delivery is in addition to over 1.5 million Moderna doses donated by the U.S. to Sri Lanka on July 16.
Meanwhile more Sinopharm vaccines arrived in Sri Lanka from China today.
Officials said that 2 million doses of the Sinopharm vaccine purchased by Sri Lanka and 300,000 doses gifted by the Chinese army arrived in the country.
Maimed military personnel, war widows, dependents and ex-servicemen will get the Sinopharm vaccine donated by the Chinese military.