The government intends to donate COVID-19 vaccinations obtained by the Maldives to Bangladesh and Nepal, the President’s Office said on Thursday.
According to President’s Office Spokesman Mabrook Azeez, the decision to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to the two countries was made since the Maldives acquired more vaccine doses than were needed for the population and to aid neighbouring countries in combating the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the Maldives, most of the eligible population has been immunized, with 392,773 individuals receiving the first dose and 343,149 fully vaccinated. Furthermore, the nation has begun to administer booster doses to those who fall into the high-risk group.
The Maldives government intends to send over 200,000 excess doses to each, with more than 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccinations already donated to Bangladesh on Wednesday.
A total of 201,600 doses have been donated to Bangladesh and have been sent to the Bangladesh High Commission in Male’. Last Wednesday, the Maldives’ health minister, Ahmed Naseem, and Bangladeshi High Commissioner Rear Admiral Mohammad Nazmul Hassan signed the donation agreement.
According to Bangladeshi media, the vaccination doses would be delivered to Dhaka aboard a Qatar Airways aircraft on Friday.
The Maldives purchased 700,000 doses of AstraZeneca vaccines from Singapore, and the country also got vaccine donations from the COVAX facility and other foreign governments, corporations, and well-wishers.
The Health Protection Agency previously stated that it is looking for methods to appropriately utilise vaccine doses obtained by the Maldives that are about to expire.