UN Resident Coordinator to Maldives congratulates President Solih on his leadership towards Covid-19 vaccination

Resident Coordinator Catherine Haswell speaks with President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on February 16, 2020. | Photo: President's Office

Male’, Maldives — The UN Resident Coordinator for the Republic of Maldives, Catherine Haswell has congratulated the President of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his leadership from day one on ensuring that the population of the Maldives received the Covid-19 vaccination regardless of their nationality or legal status.

Haswell stated that the ‘Covid-19 Dhifaau’ vaccination campaign initiated by President Solih on February 1st, 2021 is a leading example that ensures the equity in vaccination in the Maldives.

While highlighting that the country has vaccinated over 123,000 people as of today, Haswell noted that the government of Maldives is taking priority in vaccinating the front‑line workers and people in high-risk groups.

The UN Resident Coordinator also spoke about the support the Maldivian Red Crescent (MRC) is providing to successfully register and vaccinate the undocumented migrants in Maldives.

Haswell informed that the  UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are assisting with planning and coordination such as training health‑care staff in Maldives on managing and administering the Covid-19 vaccine. In addition to this, UNICEF and WHO are also providing support for the cold chain, supply and storage management for vaccines in Maldives.

Resident Coordinator Haswell assured that the Maldives team of UN is committed to support vaccine access to the island nation along with administering the vaccine to all the Maldivians and residents in Maldives.