Written by Zulfick Farzan
23 May, 2021 | 2:58 pm
COLOMBO (News 1st); United National Party Leader and Former Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has called on the Sri Lankan government to seek medical advice on how t0 control a further spread of the coronavirus, given that although the government continues to administer vaccines, not all citizens will be able to receive their vaccinations this year.
“The people of this country need around 30 million COVID-19 vaccines. It is difficult to bring down that number of vaccines this year,” said Wickremesinghe in a statement adding “Therefore, there is a need to think anew and formulate a new program for the COVID pandemic. People who have received the first dose of AstraZeneca should be given the second dose. The government must ensure that the vaccines necessary for these people is purchased. The government and other sectors are trying to bring in the required number of vaccines,”
“Do not sacrifice people’s lives by focusing about the economy,” said the Former Prime Minister adding that the Sri Lankan rupee has depreciated because the Central Bank printed money.
If US $200 million had been invested in the vaccine last November, there would not have been a vaccination shortage in the country, he said while noting that the virus spread further as Indian tourists were brought to the country by a Government concerned only on increasing foreign exchange.
Today we see that the anti-COVID efforts cannot be coordinated by the existing committees. If we must close the country, close the country and give relief to the people who need relief,” stressed Wickremesinghe.
The President and the Cabinet should exercise the powers vested in them by the Constitution and make necessary plans to control the spread of the disease, noted whole adding the Cabinet of Ministers should not be sidelined.
“They must take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of the country,” reiterated the Former Prime Minister
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