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The Government of the Maldives has revealed 84% of the population eligible for COVID-19 vaccination has completed both doses of the vaccine.
Speaking at a press conference held on August 23, Spokesperson at the President’s Office Mohamed Mabrook Azeez revealed 84% of the eligible population over the age of 18 years had been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, while 81% of the eligible population above the age of 12 years had been vaccinated. He noted the Maldives has made significant progress in its vaccination programme, in comparison with the rest of the world.
During the press conference, Spokesperson Mabrook also discussed the Maldives' current promising trends in tourism, stating that the total number of tourist arrivals in August had already surpassed the total number of tourist arrivals in July, and that the total number of tourist arrivals in August is moderately equivalent to the number of arrivals last August. Given the growing number of tourist arrivals to the Maldives, the spokesperson stated the relevant authorities such as the police and immigration are performing the necessary efforts to maintain safety. Moreover, he urged the media to encourage the public to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
During the press conference, the spokesperson highlighted the national economic recovery efforts and Public Sector Investment Program (PSIP) projects initiated to recover the Maldivian economy following the COVID-19 pandemic.