Health Minister Ahmed Naseem announced that 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to the Maldives by July 20.
Minister Naseem indicated at a press briefing on Tuesday that the first shipment of the AstraZeneca vaccine, purchased through an agreement with AstraZeneca Singapore, is expected to arrive in the Maldives next month. He stated that the first 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine purchased from AstraZeneca Singapore out of a total of 700,000 doses will arrive between July 12 and July 20.
In addition, Naseem said that a non-disclosure agreement was made with a Russian company as part of efforts to bring the Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine to the Maldives. He asserted that a definitive arrangement to purchase the vaccines for the Maldives will be concluded soon. He added that efforts are being made to obtain additional COVID-19 vaccines from the United States.
AstraZeneca is the sixth brand of COVID-19 vaccination licensed for use in the country by the Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA). Covishield, Sinopharm, Pfizer, Sputnik V, Moderna, and Janssen vaccines are among those approved by the MFDA. Sinopharm and Pfizer vaccines are currently being administered in the Maldives.