Every child born in Sri Lanka enjoys the right to easy and equitable access to quality immunization services and the country’s immunization policy is based on the right of a child to receive timely immunization, President Gotabaya Rajapaksa said yesterday.

President made these comments while taking part in the virtual ‘Global Vaccine Summit 2020’ which took place on Thursday to raise US $ 7.4B   to distribute vaccines to combat infectious diseases such as malaria, cholera, measles and HIV/AIDS  in some of the poorest countries of the world over the next five years.

The Summit was organized with the participation of the UK, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, GAVI – the Vaccine Alliance, the United Nations, Foundations, public sector and the civil society.

“Sri Lanka invests in quality vaccines which are pre-qualified by the WHO and registered. Our objective is to safeguard the quality and potency of the vaccines to ensure adequate immune development in each child”, President Rajapaksa told the Summit.

Emphasizing the importance of the resumption of childhood vaccination as a priority in the context of COVID – 19 pandemic President said the challenge ahead of Sri Lanka is to continue to maintain the quality of the National Immunization Programme and timely introduction of newer vaccines as the need arises.

“We are keener than ever to safeguard our success in disease control over the last 30 years”, President noted.

President Rajapaksa said that Sri Lanka is ready to share its success story and best practices with the global community.