More AstraZeneca vaccines from Japan next week

Japanese Ambassador to Sri Lanka Akira Sugiyama says following the personal request of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, the next batch of AstraZeneca vaccines donated by the Government of Japan will arrive in the island next Saturday (07).

The President’s Media Division said that the Japanese Ambassador made this remark while officially handing over the stock of AstraZeneca vaccines which were brought down to Sri Lanka last Saturday (July 31), to the President at the Presidential Secretariat this morning (August 2).

Mr. Sugiyama added that the Prime Minister of Japan has decided to provide 1.456 million doses of the vaccine to Sri Lanka after paying special attention to the President’s personal request to the Prime Minister to fulfill the need for the second dose of AstraZeneca in Sri Lanka, and in recognition of long-standing friendship between the two countries.

The President expressed special thanks for the Japanese Prime Minister, the Government of Japan and the Ambassador of Japan on behalf of the Government and the people of Sri Lanka, for donating the stock of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines, in response to a request made by him personally to the Prime Minister of Japan last May.