Sri Lanka has today received 2.3 million doses of Sinopharm vaccines from China freighted by two SriLankan Airlines aircraft, the airport duty manager said.
He said the 2 million doses of vaccine were paid for by Sri Lanka and, in addition, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLAC) has sent another 300,000 doses of Sinopharm vaccines donated to the SL Army too were included in the air cargo.
The consignment was brought to the Katunayake Airport around 5.20 am from Beijing, China.
A total of seven million doses of Sinopharm vaccines have been sent to the country by August. Accordingly, the Chinese Embassy in Sri Lanka has issued a statement stating that 18 million Sinopharm vaccines have been sent to Sri Lanka so far.
Defence Secretary Kamal Gunaratne, Army Commander Shavendra Silva and other dignitaries were present at the Katunayake International Airport to receive the consignment.