Maldives to receive Covid-19 vaccine on January 26th

Rapid Response Team (RRT) operates in the streets of Male' City to conduct COVID-19 tests on May 28, 2020 | Photo: Fayaz Moosa

Malé, Maldives — Media sources have reported that Maldives would receive the Covid-19 vaccine on January 26th of this year.

Local media “RaajeMv” had reported that that the relevant authorities were working on bringing the vaccine to the country within this month and gave the assurance that Maldives will get the Covid-19 vaccine on the coming January 26th and that as planned, the vaccine will first be given to the frontline workers in the country.

Earlier, the Health Minister of Maldives, Ahmed Naseem also informed that the first Covid-19 vaccine shipment is expected to arrive this month. However he noted that the country is not sure of what type of vaccine the country will receive and did not mention the exact date it will arrive.

Maldives is currently working on bringing vaccines of several companies. The Minister informed that they have already signed agreements with COVAX from WHO and several other companies as well.

We will get the first covid vaccine shipment this month, but we are not sure of company it will be from.

Minister Naseem informed.

According to the spokesperson of Health Emergency Operations Center (HEOC) and the leader of the Covid task force in Maldives, Dr. Nazla Rafeeg, 17 percent of the Covid-19 vaccine the country will receive through COVAX is planned to give to the citizens above the age of 50 or the Covid-19 patients who are at high risk, the remaining 3 percent of the Covid-19 vaccines will be given to the people who are indirectly and directly treating the infected patients and to those who are treating the patients at high risk.

HEOC informed that in addition to these people, they will also be focusing on giving the vaccine to frontline workers, disabled people, care workers at children’s care centers and nursing homes.