President of the Republic of Maldives Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, its Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulla Shahid and Consul (Mumbai) of the Republic of Maldives Bobby Mohanty have expressed their sincere gratitude and appreciation and have praised the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for providing the Covid-19 vaccine to their country. India has supplied 100,000 doses of CoviShield (Oxford-Astra Zeneca vaccine) manufactured by SII (Serum Institute) to the Maldives. The Maldives is among the first countries to receive Covid-19 vaccines from India. Mohanty called it a noble and memorable Republic Day gift!
In his address to the nation on 20th January 2021, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih announced the arrival of the first shipment of Covid-19 vaccines in the Maldives from India. President Solih thanked the Indian people, its Government, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the generosity.
Minister of Foreign Affairs extends deep and profound appreciation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and he tweeted –
Bobby Mohanty, Honorary Consul (Mumbai), Republic of Maldives said, “It is heartening to see India walking the extra mile to extend its friendship with the Maldives. The decision of India to choose the Maldives as the first country for the generous supply Covid-19 vaccine is not only noble but the most memorable Republic Day gesture.”
Maldives has been the biggest beneficiary of GoI’s COVID relief among its neighbours. Prior to this, in December 2020, India even contributed BCG vaccines to the Maldives where Hon. Consul Bobby Mohanty’s office played a vital role in managing the logistics along with various agencies. As part of its Neighbourhood First policy, India ‘urgently dispatched’ the vaccine, administered to babies to prevent tuberculosis, to bridge a shortfall in the National Immunization Programme of the Maldives. India had dispatched 30,000 doses of the Measles-Rubella vaccine in January 2020.