Sinopharm vaccine 2nd batch donated by China arrives in Maldives tonight

Ambassador Zhang Lizhong presents vaccine to Health Minister Ahmed Naseem | Photo: Foreign Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The second batch of Sinopharm vaccine donated from China, will be transported tonight via Maldivian Flight.

The Maldives’ national carrier, Maldivian has stated that one of their flights will arrive with the second dose of Sinopharm vaccine, at Velana International Airport tonight.

Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine was approved for emergency use in the Maldives on 14 March 2021, and Health Protection Services (HPA) started administering the jab on 22 March. The Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine requires two doses administered one month apart.

The first shipment of 100,000 doses were used for vaccination as the first dose and the second shipment of 100,000, arriving tonight, will be used for the same people as the second dose.

The donations of Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine of China, were shipped by for the country’s closest military friendships such as Pakistan and Cambodia. All the other countries that received the donation arranged the shipments themselves.

Chinese companies based in Maldives provided financial assistance to transport the first batch of Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccines to the Maldives on 24 March 2021.

In the Covid-19 Vaccine campaign that is ongoing in the Maldives, Sinopharm vaccine is being administered to the people who are getting their first dose. Sinopharm Covid-19 Vaccine is an inactivated vaccine. This means that it consists of particles, virus particles, bacteria, or other pathogens that have been grown in culture and then killed to destroy disease producing capacity, in this case Coronavirus. Inactivated vaccine has defeated diseases such as Polio.