Maldives donates vaccines to Nepal, Bangladesh

The Maldives has donated COVID-19 vaccines to Nepal and Bangladesh.

Spokesperson for the President's Office, Mabrook Azeez said the Maldives donated 200,000 doses of AstraZeneca to each country. The vaccines were handed over on Wednesday.

When asked if the Maldives will have enough vaccines to vaccinate the country's residents after such a generous donation, Mabrook assured the Maldives will have enough vaccines to cater to the eligible population. He pointed out that majority of the eligible population has received the full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Mabrook said the Maldives has been recipients of generous vaccine donations from several countries since last year. Therefore, it is now time for the Maldives to give back to other countries, said Mabrook.

AVAS has been informed that the AstraZeneca vaccine doses received as donations to the Maldives will expire in November.

The Maldives' vaccination campaign has been largely successful with 392,773 having received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. 343,149 individuals have received both doses of the vaccine.