75% of Maldivian population can be vaccinated within 3 months

A resort industry worker receiving the first dose of Covishield vaccine, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University | Photo: Avas

Male’, Maldives —The latest vaccination rate of Maldives suggests that island nation is expected to vaccinate 75% of its population with a two-dose Covid-19 within only three months.

The latest vaccination updates of Maldives shows that on an average, the country has been administering upto 4,449 doses per day since the vaccination program, Covid-19 Dhifaau, began on February 1st.

The update informs that if the daily vaccination amount continues to remain at this rate, then the country is expected to take approximately three months to completely vaccinate 75% of the Maldivian population with two-doses of vaccine.

According to top U.S infectious disease doctor, Anthony Fauci, vaccinating roughly 70% to 85% of a country’s population would enable the country to return back to normal.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that till February 15th, they have vaccinated a total of 43,817 in Maldives. Out of this, 3,967 doses were administered in the Malé area while 1,237 doses were administered in the atolls.

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, manufactured by AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals, in collaboration with Oxford University, mass produced by the Serum Institute of India.

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 a donor Health Protection Agency has not yet named.