Covid-19 Dhifaau: More than 85,000 receive first jab of Covishield

Covid-19 vaccination starts at Tree Top Hospital, Hulhumalé | Photo: Sun

Malé, Maldives – Health Protection Agency (HPA) has revealed that the number of individuals who have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine in the Maldives has exceeded 85,000.

In the latest statistics published by the authority, a total of 85,110 individuals were recorded to have gotten the first jab, which includes 61,777 in the capital, Malé area, while the remaining 23,333 were from the rest of the country.

The total figure comes with a 4,962 figure increase in comparison to yesterday, with 2,700 individuals having have received the inoculation in Malé and 2,262 individuals having have gotten their shot from the rest of the country during the past 24 hours.

Maldives is currently administering the Covishield vaccine mass produced by the Serum Institute of India, which is essentially the same as the AstraZeneca vaccine produced by Oxford University and AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals.

Although this is the only vaccine approved for use in the Maldives, the country has also received the Chinese made Sinopharm vaccine, which is currently under review.

In total, Maldives has secured more than 1.1 million doses of the vaccine, meaning that the entire population can get vaccinated soon – something which the government of Maldives aims to achieve within the next six months.