WB $80.5M lifeline to help fight COVID
By Paneetha Ameresekere
Government and the World Bank (WB) on Thursday (13) signed a USD 80.5 million additional financing to help Sri Lanka access and distribute COVID-19 vaccines and strengthen the country’s vaccination system and pandemic response. Finance Ministry Secretary S.R. Attygalle signed the agreement on behalf of the Government and WB’s Sri Lanka Country Director Faris Hadad-Zervos signed on behalf of the WB. Solidarity and support of all stakeholders is key to fight this pandemic, said Hadad-Zervos.
“The WB remains responsive to the health priorities of Sri Lanka as well as emergency needs. Effective deployment of the vaccines will help Sri Lanka protect people, build human capital and facilitate inclusive economic recovery,” he said. The second additional financing to the COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project is to purchase and deploy safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines that meet the World Bank’s Vaccine Approval Criteria, to strengthen relevant health systems that are necessary for successful deployment and to prepare for the future.
The COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project with a total of USD 298.07 million has contributed to Sri Lanka’s pandemic management and prevention efforts. Project funds have contributed to the provision of essential works, goods, services and consultancies for emergency pandemic management and prevention activities including the procurement of medical and surgical consumables.