The Government of Japan will be donating COVID-19 vaccines to the Maldives.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid announced the Japanese Government's decision in a tweet posted on Tuesday. In his tweet, Minister Shahid said Japan will be providing 11 million vaccine doses to 10 countries through the COVAX facility, the worldwide initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines directed by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and the World Health Organization.
Shahid welcomed the Japanese government's decision to include the Maldives as a recipient of the vaccines, although he did not disclose how many vaccines or which brand of vaccines will be provided to the Maldives. He said that the decision was a true testament to the close relationship between Japan and Maldives, and thanked the government and people of Japan for the donation.