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HPA assures only WHO approved vaccines will be given to Maldivians
 
Maldives Food and Drug Authority approves vaccines, potential side-effects to be monitored closely
 
Doses reserved for frontline officials and high-risk elderly
 
India-sourced Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines to reach Maldives on Wednesday afternoon
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20 Jan 2021 | Wed 13:07
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India-sourced Oxford AstraZeneca vaccines to reach Maldives on Wednesday afternoon
Reuters

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) has assured that Covid-19 vaccines to be administered to citizens in the Maldives have approval from the World Health Organization (WHO), and that they would be working to assure the security of shots fall under health and safety regulations.

HPA reaffirmed that Covid-19 vaccines to be used in Maldives will be are WHO approved, and that they would be working to assure the vaccines are secure and fall under health and safety guidelines before administering shots to the public.

In addition to this, HPA also confirmed that any vaccines being used in the Maldives would have prior approval from the Maldives Food and Drug Authority (MFDA), and that they would closely be monitoring any potential side-effects in vaccine recipients.

The first vaccines which arrive in the Maldives will be reserved for frontline workers and high-risk elderly persons.

HPA's announcement comes shortly after the Indian Ministry of External Affairs confirmed media speculation that the India-sourced Oxford-AstraZeneca Covishield vaccines will be arriving on Wednesday.

A statement released by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday confirmed that the country would be transporting Covid-19 vaccines to the Maldives on Wednesday, and that countries such as Bhutan and Nepal would also receive vaccines from India.

While thousands of Indians have received Covid-19 vaccines as of now, Maldives is the first foreign country which India has sourced the vaccines for.

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