President: Vaccine guaranteed for all Maldivians, a new hope

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on June 8, 2019. (Photo/President's Office)

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih has guaranteed that the Maldives will receive vaccines for COVID-19 for its entire population. 

The president was speaking in an address to the nation today when he guaranteed that the entire population of the Maldives would receive vaccines for the virus in the near future.

The President’s video address was regarding the supply of vaccines provided by India to the Maldives. He added that the hope was that vaccines could be administered in the coming months free of charge.

Maldives today, received the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from India. 100,000 doses of Covishield vaccines were transported to the Maldives by India. The Covishield vaccine is manufactured in India and was developed by Astrazeneca and Oxford University. 

The President, speaking in his address said that he was overjoyed with the obtainment of vaccines. The President said that the Maldives had also sought to obtain the Maldives with its introduction, much like other nations. 

“The government had commenced work on obtaining vaccines for the entire population. From this work up until today, God willing, we have guaranteed the required supply of vaccines for the Maldives.” Said President Solih in his address.

The President also spoke on the hardships faced in the last ten months. 

“A lot of people lost their jobs. Many members of families passed away forever. Businesses were brought to a halt. Mosques and schools had to be closed. Members of families had to remain apart from each other. Transport and other necessary services were interrupted.” Said President Solih. 

The President described the supply of vaccines as a new hope, but called on Maldivians to remain vigilant and aware of measures. 

“My advice is, is to listen and adhere to the advice of health professionals. Wear a mask when you go out. Temporarily stop public gatherings of large crowds with contact. Wash your hands and practice good hygiene and maintain social distance.” Advised the President in his address. 

The President also thanked India for the supply of vaccines to the Maldives.