Foreign Minister Abdullah Shahid has announced today that another 100,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine would arrive in the Maldives this week.

Speaking at the ceremony held today to handover the vaccine donated from China to the Maldives, Minister Shahid said that these doses of the covishield vaccine were purchased by the Maldivian government.

He said that the Indian government had assured this morning that these 100,000 doses of the vaccine would be made available to the island nation this week.

The Indian government had previously donated 200,000 doses of the covishield vaccine developed by Astrzenca and oxford university in the UK and manufactured by India's Serum Institute.

Maldives had begun its mass inoculation program with vaccines donated by the Indian government. But currently, authorities are also administering the Chinese developed Sinopharm vaccine in the Greater Male' Area while local authorities have given emergency use approval to US-made Pfizer vaccine too.

Health Protection Agency had said last night that a total of 224, 979 people have now received the COVID vaccine in the Maldives and that this includes 125,885 from the Greater Male' Area and 99.094 from the Atolls.