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To take advantage of the country’s favourable trade access in the region

China’s Sinopharm Group contemplates vaccine plant in SL

Dr. Palitha Kohona with Sinopharm Group Chairman Liu Jingzhen.
Dr. Palitha Kohona with Sinopharm Group Chairman Liu Jingzhen.

Sinopharm Group of China, one of the leading COVID-19 vaccine manufacturers in the world, has once again expressed interest in setting up a vaccine refilling plant in Sri Lanka.

This was disclosed when the Chairman of Sinopharm Group, Liu Jingzhen and the Senior Management Group met Ambassador to Sri Lanka in China, Dr Palitha Kohona on September 7.

Sinopharm Group said that when a vaccine refilling plant is set up in Sri Lanka it can take advantage of Sri Lanka’s favourable trade access in the region and beyond and engage in exports as well. The Chairman said that Sinopharm will continue to collaborate with Sri Lanka and supply vaccines.

He said that the Sinopharm Vaccine is being used in over 100 countries and over 50 Heads of State and other high-ranking officials have been inoculated with the vaccine. Further, he said that there are no recorded adverse effects to persons who have been inoculated with the Sinopharm vaccine.

Ambassador Dr Kohona also handed over a personal letter from President Gotabaya Rajapaksa to the Chairman appreciating the uninterrupted supply of Sinopharm vaccine to Sri Lanka. Ambassador Dr Kohona conveyed his appreciation, on behalf of the President and the Sri Lankan people, to the Government of China for supplying vaccines. The Ambassador also said that more than 10 million people in Sri Lanka have received their first dose of the Sinopharm vaccine.

Ambassador Dr Kohona recalled the historical bilateral cooperation between Sri Lanka and China and said that both countries should work together to overcome this pandemic.


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