Covid-19 Dhifaau – Maldives received additional 5,000 doses

Nurses prepping to administer Covishield vaccine | Photo: President's Office

Malé, Maldives – The government of Maldives has announced that the country has received an additional 5,000 doses of the Covid-19 today.

The announcement was made during a press conference held by the President’s Office, during which Spokesperson Mabrouq Azeez revealed the arrival of the doses, in response to a question by a journalist.

However, Mabrouq refrained for releasing any further information on the subject, stating that the Health Emergency Operation Center (HEOC) will be revealing more information regarding the vaccines soon.

Despite this, Mabrouq did state that the government of Maldives is currently actively working on acquiring more vaccines for the country, and that another 100,000 doses of vaccines are expected to arrive within this month as well. This comes after a statement by the Minister of Health of Maldives, during the inauguration ceremony of the national Covid-19 vaccination program on 1st February, during which he said that the vaccines donated by World Health Organization (WHO), would arrive to the Maldives during this month.

Currently the Maldives is administering the Covishield vaccine, produced by the Serum Institute of India, which is the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University. So far, 16,251 individuals have received the first doze of vaccines in the Maldives.