‘Most generous gift’: Maldives thanks India for providing Covid-19 vaccines

at 11:30 pm

New Delhi (NVI): As India began its supply of Covid vaccines to six key partner countries today, Maldives thanked the Indian government after receiving 1,00,000 doses of the Covishield vaccine, saying that it has renewed its hopes for a resolution to the Covid 19 crisis soon.

The consignment of Covishield vaccines from Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport reached Male today.

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih thanked the Indian government for the vaccines. “A short while ago, a flight from India with 100,000 doses of the CoviShield vaccine arrived in the Maldives, renewing our hopes for a resolution to the Covid 19 crisis soon. Our heartfelt thanks to PM @narendramodi, government and people of India for this most generous gift,” the Maldives President said in a tweet.

Maldives Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid also thanked India for the Covid vaccine support. “Maldives is happy to receive as grant, 100,000 doses of Covishield developed by Serum Institute of India – among the first countries to receive vaccines from India. As always, India stands strong & steadfast, by our side, as 1st responder in any crisis,” he tweeted.

In another tweet, Abdulla said that Maldives extends deep and profound appreciation to PM Modi and EAM S Jaishankarfor their commitment to address the needs of India’s neighbours, and for its special regard for the Maldives, at all times.

“With the timely actions taken by the Gov, under the leadership of HEP @ibusolih , and the capable guidance of our health services, and the selfless service of individuals of our society, we learnt and lived the new norm. Today we rise, to fight the pandemic on a more equal footing,” he tweeted.

Apart from Maldives, Bhutan also received its first consignment of Covid-19 vaccines from India. Bhutan is in fact the first country that received the Covid vaccines from India.

“Our profound gratitude to the GoI for the generous gift of 150,000 doses of Covishield vaccines that Bhutan received today. Deeply grateful to GoI for its abiding friendship and unconditional support to Bhutan’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Tandi Dorji said in a tweet.