The Defence authorities of Sri Lanka had received a batch of 300 thousand doses of the coronavirus vaccine, Sinopharm, donated by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) of China.
The Xinhua news agency reported, the Covid-19 vaccines which arrived at Bandaranaike International Airport on early Saturday morning have been handed over to Sri Lankan Defence Secretary General Kamal Gunaratne by defence attache of the Chinese Embassy, Wang Dong.
Defence Secretary Gunaratne while peaking to journalists after the handover ceremony, had said that the service personnel, their families and the ex-servicemen are expected to be vaccinated with these Covid-19 vaccines.
Gunaratne said, "Since a greater number of service personnel have been vaccinated as of now, the general public could also be facilitated using the balance amount."
Wan Dong on recalling its remarkable and long-established relationship between the two countries, he said the people of China had never hesitated to reach out their support to the Sri Lankans in difficult times.
He added that the donation shows that the unity between the two countries in a fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa took to Twitter and thanked China's PLA for the donation, wrote that the assistance from China will ensure the vaccination drive in Sri Lanka a success.
Sri Lanka has received 18 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine Sinopharm, that is the leading vaccine being issued across the country.