We need the Vaccine, not tourists - Sajith | Daily News

We need the Vaccine, not tourists - Sajith

Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa highlighted that the government’s main concern should be to get down a high-quality COVID-19 vaccine instead of welcoming Ukrainian tourists.

He said that a responsible government does not endanger the citizens but must ensures their safety. He said the government is not carrying out a proper quarantine process by bringing tourists from Ukraine and endangering the people.

He was speaking to the media after receiving blessings from the two Mahanayake Theras of the Malwathu and Asgiriya Maha Viharayas on Saturday (9).

“While the Ukrainian government has decided to lockdown the country to fight COVID-19, our government is welcoming Ukrainian tourists even without following the proper quarantine process.The government is trying to take the COVID-19 vaccine through the COVAX facility. But no one knows the real status of this methodology. Getting vaccinated under the COVAX system, which is determined by the amount of money that rich countries donate to the World Health Organization, is a weak state process.What actually needs to be done is to provide vaccines for the entire population instead of providing it for just 20%. I urge the government not to endanger the country by bringing in tourists from Ukraine claiming to promote the country’s tourism sector,” he said.

He urged the government to take decisions after directing the issues and suggestions of the Opposition to a panel of experts. “When we raise issues there are two rows in Parliament that insults and obstructs us. Yet I would like to question whether the government has taken steps to sanitize schools and provide necessary facilities to adhere to health guidelines. Even though the Education Minister says that the financial allocations are done 4.4 million students have not even received free school uniforms to date,” he added.