Maldives sets sight to acquire Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine


Maldives government announces its decision to procure the Covid-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford.

Moreover, the news comes from Ministry of Finance via public release last Thursday revealing the government will sign an agreement with Singaporean company AstraZeneca.

Under the agreement, Maldives will expect procurement of vaccines soon though dates have not been slated.

Furthermore, unlike the Pfizer-BioNTech variation the Oxford-AstraZeneca is easier to store and distribute.

Unlike Pfizer’s vaccination which has to be kept at -70 degree Celsius the Oxford alternative can be stored in normal fridge temperature.

Meanwhile, Maldives government acknowledge the high demand for vaccinations due to ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Due to the high demand, procurement of the vaccine is possible only through limited parties.

Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer will temporarily suspend four provisions of the Public Finance Act in order to make the procurements possible.

Moreover, Minister confirms the provision suspension are temporary and will revert back following the agreement.

Furthermore, the ministry will conduct internal audits on the specific spending.

Earlier, HEOC made announcement of administering Covid-19 vaccines during Q1-2021.