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India’s Gift Of 5 Lakh Doses Of COVID-19 Vaccines Reach Sri Lanka

Mumbai: A consignment with more than 50,000 doses of ‘Made in India’ coronavirus vaccine arrived in Colombo on Thursday. Jaishankar said on Twitter, “A reliable partner, a trusted friend.

Made in India vaccines have now reached Sri Lanka. “After providing coronovirus vaccines in several countries including Bangladesh, Nepal and Maldives, India has established its position as a reliable partner in COVID-19 assistance by dispatching ‘Covishield’ vaccines to Bahrain and Sri Lanka.

As a gift to Sri Lanka under the Vaccine Friendship initiative, India is providing a consignment of 50,400 doses of coronavirus vaccines. This comes a few days after the Sri Lankan drugs regulatory body – the National Medicine Regulatory Authority (NMRA), which carried out the vaccine for Oxford Astrazenka.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Sri Lanka on 5-7 January at the invitation of his Sri Lankan counterpart Dinesh Gunawardena. During the visit, the Sri Lankan side requested for immediate delivery of Kovid’s vaccine to India. The supply of more than 5 lakh vaccine doses is a fulfilment of that request.

The delivery of COVID-19 vaccines in Sri Lanka is a fulfilment of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to Sri Lanka’s counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa during the virtual bilateral summit held in September 2020 for all possible support to Sri Lanka for minimizing the health and economic impact of the pandemic.

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