Maldives had earlier received 200,000 doses of the vaccine as a gift from India

A consignment of 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccine procured from the Serum Institute of India (SII) arrived in the Maldives on Sunday.

With this, Maldives can now begin adminstering the second dose of Covid-19 vaccines to its people.

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maldives, this is the first batch of the vaccines purchased by the country under the Vaccine Purchase Agreement signed between the Ministry of Health, Maldives, Serum Institute of India Private Limited, and Serum Institute Life Sciences Private Limited.

The agreement, signed on March 23 this year, envisages the supply of 200,000 doses of the ChAdOx1 n-Cov19 Corona Virus Vaccine (Recombinant) Covishield, the ministry said.

Foreign Minister of Maldives Abdullah Shahid said on Twitter, "Additional 100,000 doses of #Indian Covishield vaccine arrived in Maldives. First batch procured from @SerumInstIndia. With
this, we will begin the 2nd dose of vaccination".

Maldives had earlier received 200,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccine as gift from the Indian government in January and February.

In addition to this, Maldives also received 12,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine under the COVAX facility.