The Japanese government has announced its plan to donate COVID-19 vaccines to the Maldives through the World Health Organization’s (WHO) COVAX facility.
Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid tweeted on Tuesday that the COVAX facility would send 11 million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations to ten nations, including the Maldives. However, he did not specify how many doses will be donated to the Maldives.
Shahid emphasized that the Japanese government’s donation exemplifies the two countries’ close bilateral ties. He also expressed gratitude to the Japanese government, foreign minister, and people.
COVAX is a global program led by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines.
Through the COVAX facility, the Maldives has been receiving COVID-19 vaccine donations from several countries, including the United States, to aid in the country’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.