Russia to expedite Sputnik vaccine procurement by Maldives

Maldivian Foreign Minister, Abdulla Shahid seen with Foreign Affairs Minister of Russia, Sergey Lavrov during the ceremony held to sign an agreement which allows on arrival visa for Maldivian’s going to Russia | Photo: Foreign Ministry

Malé, Maldives – The Russian government has said that they are making efforts to send out the shipment of their Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik, which the Maldives is currently trying procure, as soon as possible.

The Foreign Ministry revealed today that the Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid had a discussion with the Russian Foreign Minister via phone last night. The Ministry stated that Minister Shahid informed the Russian Minister of the current Covid-19 situation in Maldives along with the precautionary measures taken by Maldives to fight against it.

Speaking about the procurement of vaccines, the Russian Minister said that they will make efforts to export the vaccine shipment as soon as possible.

The two Ministers futher discussed other aspects of improving the diplomatic relations between the two countries.

The Russian vaccine Sputnik was approved by the Maldiviam Food and Drug Authority earlier this month. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaking at a press conference, said that the government is currently trying to place orders for the Russian vaccine. Health Minister Naseem added that the vaccine will be available for administration within 4 weeks of the order placement.

In the latest statistics released by HPA, it was detailed that out of the 1,299 cases recorded yesterday, 799 were from the Malé area, while 487 cases were recorded from inhabited islands. The figures also included 13 case from operational resorts which brought up the total active cases in the country to 25,419. With this, the total number of Covid-19 cases recorded in the country has reached 60,943 out of which 35,365 patients have made full recoveries, as of 18:00 of May 27, 2021.