UN support for Lanka to procure COVID-19 vaccines


The United Nations has assured Sri Lanka its support in procuring, distributing and administering of the vaccine against COVID-19.

This pledge was made yesterday during a meeting between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and a UN delegation comprising of UN Resident Coordinator Hanaa Singer, WHO

Representative Dr. Razia Pendse and UNICEF Representative Tim Sutton, a release issued by the Prime Minister’s office said.

“We are fully committed to support Sri Lanka in these challenging times,” Singer said.

The UN delegation and Sri Lankan officials agreed that vaccination at such a mass scale will require a whole-of-government approach to ensure Sri Lanka’s preparedness for the delivery and administering of the vaccine once it arrives.

“In many countries, we are seeing a dangerous second wave of COVID-19,” Prime Minister Rajapaksa said. “It seems that vaccines will be the only measure that can bring an end to this pandemic.”