The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has announced that Covishield vaccinations for the greater Malé area will be temporarily suspended beginning today due to a vaccine shortage.
The announcement comes after President’s Spokesperson Mabrook Azeez stated last night that the country’s vaccine supply is running low.
700,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine procured from Singapore-based Astrazeneca will not arrive until June, according to the announcement.
Furthermore, 200,000 of the 300,000 Covishield doses ordered from the Serum Institute of India were scheduled to arrive last month; however, HPA has not stated when the remaining doses will be delivered.
According to HPA, the government has been having difficulty obtaining vaccines amid an increase in COVID-19 cases in most countries, including India.
HPA also stated that the government is working to secure a shipment of the Covishield vaccine in the next two weeks.
Around 67 percent of the Maldives’ eligible population has received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with more than 24 percent receiving the second dose.