Maldives Vice President Faisal Naseem gets vaccinated for Covid-19

Vice President of Maldives, Faisal Naseem getting the Covid-19 vaccine. | Photo: President's Office.

Malé, Maldives – The Vice President of Maldives, Faisal Naseem has received the Covid-19 vaccine yesterday at the MNDF Senahiya Millitary Hospital in Male’ city.

After receiving the first dose, he appealed the public to come forth in the national spirit and urged everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible.

The nationwide Covid-19 vaccine program, Covid-19 Dhifaau was inaugurated on February 1st in Maldives and the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was the fourth person to get inoculated in the Maldives.

As of 8 February 2021, the Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that a total of 12,934 people have received the Covid-19 vaccine in the Maldives via the Covid-19 Dhifaau campaign. Out of these, 10,626 people were from the greater Male’ area and the remaining 2,308 people from the atolls of Maldives.

Vaccination is currently ongoing in various parts of the country, which include six vaccination centers in Malé, and four within the atolls. The vaccine currently being administered in Maldives is the Covishield vaccine, licensed by Oxford-Astrazeneca, mass manufactured by the Serum Institute of India (SII).

Maldives received 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine from India, which is currently in use, while additional 700,000 doses procured by the country are to be received within the March. However, the country will receive the vaccine shipment from World Health Organization (WHO), which would be sufficient to vaccinate at least 20 percent of the population of the country, with in the upcoming two weeks.

While China has also decided to donate 100,000 vaccines to the country, Maldives already received 5,000 doses of the Chinese made Sinopharm vaccine via an unnamed donor according to the Health Protection Agency..