India gifts 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits to Sri Lanka

(LANKAPUVATH | COLOMBO) –In support of Sri Lanka’s fight against Covid-19, India on Friday began delivering 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits as a special gift to Sri Lanka on its 74th Independence Day.

The Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka said in a Twitter message that India has started delivering 100,000 Rapid Antigen Test kits on Sri Lanka’s Independence Day on Friday.

“A special gift from a friend on Independence Day!! India continues its COVID19 assistance to Sri Lanka by initiating the delivery of 100,000 RAT kits from today. Remaining kits to follow in the coming days,” the High Commission tweeted.

India’s assistance to Sri Lanka during the COVID-19 outbreak was varied and based on needs. Nearly 26 tons of essential medical supplies were donated in April-May 2020.

In August 2021, in response to a personal request from Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa for an emergency supply of liquid medical oxygen, the Indian Navy reactivated the supply of Liquid Medical Oxygen (LMO).

India also provided $ 400 million currency swap to Sri Lanka in July 2020.

In January 2021, the first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines was donated by India, enabling Sri Lanka to implement their vaccination program ahead of schedule.

Furthermore, the Export-Import Bank of India (EXIM) and the Government of Sri Lanka (GOSL) signed a US $ 500 million Line of Credit (LOC) agreement on February 2 for the purchase of petroleum products.

As Sri Lanka’s closest neighbor and long-standing partner, India is committed to assist Sri Lanka’s in its post-Covid economic recovery, the High Commission said.

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