Male’, Maldives – President Solih, during a national address on Wednesday afternoon, has reassured the public that the country will be receiving vaccination against the Covid-19, but urged everyone to maintain all necessary health precautions, despite receiving the shot.
This comes as Maldives received 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine produced by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University of the United Kingdom, roughly around the same time as the President’s address.
During his speech, President Solih highlighted that his administration aims to provide immunization against the novel coronavirus for all those who are residing in the country, free of cost in the upcoming months.
Today, Maldives is receiving the first shipment of vaccines required to be immunized against Covid-19. The vaccine we receive today, is an immense assistance provided to the Maldivian people, by India. For this, I thank our friendly Indian citizens, the government of India, and the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, on behalf of Maldives and my own name.President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Having said this, President Solih highlighted that despite the rekindled hope to normalcy, there is yet much to be done to be safe from the virus that terrorizes the planet. He went onto urge everyone to practice safety and precautionary measures as advised by health care professionals, saying that,
Wear masks when you go out. Continue postponing events which might see large gatherings, without physical distancing. Prioritize frequent hand washing, general hygiene and physical distancing.President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
Currently, Maldives is working on registering those who wish to be immunized against Covid-19, as well as prioritizing high risk individuals and health care workers for the first rounds of vaccination. Registration is open on the dedicated online portal, my.health.mv