China’s government has supplied 1.6 million extra doses of the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine to Sri Lanka to help with the country’s national immunization campaign.
The first batch of this donation arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) in Katunayake earlier today on a special cargo flight chartered by SriLankan Airlines, UL865.
Meanwhile, a second flight with the remaining dosages of the consignment is due to arrive from Beijing at roughly 10 a.m. today.
According to reports, this is the largest single donation of coronavirus vaccinations from the Chinese government to Sri Lanka.
With this remarkable initiative, the total number of Sinopharm vaccines donated to Sri Lanka now stands at 2.7 million.
Sri Lanka received the first gift of 500,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccine on May 26 after the National Medicines Regulatory Authority (NMRA) approved the vaccine’s emergency usage in the country in March.
China National Biotec Group (CNBG), a subsidiary of China National Pharmaceutical Group Corporation, manufactures Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine, commonly known as BBIBP-CorV. (SINOPHARM).
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