The National Movement for Social Justice would like to take this opportunity to extend its gratitude to the Government and the people of Switzerland for donating humanitarian aid including medical examination materials Sri Lanka at a time when the country is facing an immense challenge due to Covid-19 pandemic.
The Federal Republic of Germany has also released 30 million vaccines to be used by eligible countries, including Sri Lanka, two days after our request. We have also been informed by the German Chancellor regarding their decision to release the vaccines.
We are indeed grateful for Switzerland, France and Japan who have looked into the possibility of providing 600,000 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine as per our request. We appreciate the commitment of all these countries to support Sri Lanka and the love they have shown to the Sri Lankan people.
Accordingly Sri Lanka will receive a minimum quantity of 265,000 vaccines which includes gift from friendly countries via “Covax” facility and the grant from Japan.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its support and encouragement and to the respective nations and their people who have supported us during this difficult time. Furthermore, we are grateful for the support extended by the resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners of those countries.
We would also like to extend our gratitude to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Sri Lanka for their support.
We are hopeful that the Government would formulate and execute an efficient inoculation drive after receiving these vaccines.
Deshabandu Karu Jayasuriya
The National Movement for Social Justice
(Former Speaker )