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Maldives to get Covishield tomorrow, first nation to receive Covid-19 vaccine from India

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.

By: Express News Service | Mumbai |
Updated: January 19, 2021 5:05:10 pm
Coronavirus vaccine, vaccine distribution, Sunil Arora, chief election commissioner, Election commission, Indian ExpressHealth workers carry boxes containing Covid-19 vaccines at a hospital cold storage facility. (Representational/Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)

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.

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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