Air India plane to arrive with 100,000 doses of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine

Air India plane. | Photo: Airline Geeks

Malé, Maldives — Air India plane to arrive with 100,000 dozes of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine to the Velana International Airport in the capital Malé city today.

Former President and current Speaker of the Parliament of Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed tweeted to inform that Maldives is expecting to receive a gift from the neighboring country, India, referring to 100,000 dozes of Covid-19 vaccine.

In his tweet, Nasheed expressed hope that the shipment of Covid-19 vaccine to the Maldives is the beginning of the end of this virus that has left Maldives at a vulnerable state.

As per reports revealed by an Indian sources, the consignment will arrive at Velana International Airport via an Air India flight, estimated to land at 14:00 today. 

The ‘Covishield’ vaccine has been developed by the University of Oxford and British-Swedish Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, and manufactured by Pune-based Serum Institute of India.

With this, Maldives will become the largest Covid-19 assistance recipient in South Asia. India is also providing other medical supplies, food, medical training and financial assistance of $250 million.

Currently, Maldives is working on registering those who want to get vaccinated against the novel coronavirus, through dedicated online portal The Health Protection Agency of Maldives urges all frontliners and social care workers to get registered in the website to get vaccinated at the earliest.