Updated: January 19, 2021 5:05:10 pm
Maldives will receive the Covid-19 vaccine (Covishield) on Wednesday becoming the first country to receive the vaccine from India. “Everything is in place including regulatory approvals and permissions on Maldivian side,” a government source said.
The source added the vaccine is being sent in numbers enough to cover frontline health workers and senior citizens.
Maldives, an Indian Ocean atoll, has a population of about 450,000.
The consignment is set to land at 2 pm at Velana International Airport, Malé via an Air India flight. “It reaffirms India’s reputation as first responder in any emergency situation,” the source said.
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Maldives is now the largest Covid-19 assistance recipient in India’s neighbourhood including medicine supply, food supply, medical team, training and financial assistance of $250 million.
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