US donates over 99,450 doses of Covid-19 vaccine to Maldives

Handover ceremony of Covid-19 Vaccine (mRNA) 99,450 Doses, from US Government to Ministry of Health | Photo: Ministry of Health

Malé, Maldives – Government of United States has signed an agreement today to handover 99,450 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Maldives.

The vaccines were handed over to the Maldivian Ministry of Health by the USAID ceremony held today at the ministry. The vaccines will be delivered through the COVAX facility of WHO. Including the vaccines handed over today, the total U.S donation totals to 639,990 vaccine doses for the Maldives.

United States had previously donated 100,620 Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to Maldives earlier this year. This donation adds to the 439,920 doses of safe and effective Pfizer BioNTech vaccines the United States donated to Maldives throughout 2021 and in January 2022.

Since the pandemic first broke out in March 2020, USAID has provided more than $7 million in COVID-19 assistance, plus an in-kind donation of 60 ventilators, to Maldives.

Worldwide, the United States has pledged more than 1.2 billion vaccines and as of April 2022, delivered more than 533 million to 115 countries. The United States is also the largest donor to the global vaccine initiative, COVAX.