SL Ambassador to China visits Sinopharm head office; repeats request for vaccine refilling plant

Ambassador of Sri Lanka to China Dr. Palitha Kohona, together with Embassy officials, were invited to visit Sinopharm’s Beijing Institute of Biological Products Co., Ltd. (CNBG) on 23 September 2021.

The Vice President of the Sinopharm HQ Shi Shengyi, the President of the Biological Products Division Zhu Jingjin, and the Vice President of the International Division Yan Bing welcomed the Ambassador and escorted the delegation on a tour of the massive facility. The Ambassador visited the central-control room and the vaccine production plant capable of producing five billion doses per year.

The Ambassador expressed his gratitude to the Sinopharm for supplying 23 million doses of vaccine to Sri Lanka on commercial terms.

The delegation was also briefed on the gradual progress of the CNBG from its commencement in 1919 to its current cutting-edge facility.

During the visit, the Ambassador reiterated, the advantage of establishing a COVID-19 vaccine refilling plant in Sri Lanka. He emphasized the local market opportunities and wider market access in the region. The Sinopharm management responded positively.

Previously, on 07 September 2021, the Ambassador visited Sinopharm and handed over a letter from President Gotabaya Rajapakse to the Chairman of the company, Liu Jingzhen.