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ADB to reimburse USD 85 Mn spent on Sinopharm vaccines

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COLOMBO (News 1st); The Asian Development Bank has agreed to reimburse a sum of USD 85 Million spent by Sri Lanka for Sinopharm Vaccines to combat COVID-19.This was confirmed to News 1st by State Minister (Professor) Channa Jayasumana on Wednesday (29). .

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