AFP FADEL SENNA
The Moroccan Ministry of Health announced that it will start a vaccination campaign against the Corona virus next week, after the ministry today received the first shipments of the British AstraZeneca vaccine.
The ministry confirmed in a statement that official approval will be given to start the national vaccination process within the next week, and it will target the people most at risk of contracting Corona disease.
Today, Friday, Morocco received the first batch of vaccines against the Corona virus that causes “Covid-19”, consisting of two million doses of the vaccine developed by “AstraZeneca” and the University of Oxford.
This is the first shipment of the vaccine to reach the Kingdom, and it consists of about two million doses of the “AstraZeneca” vaccine manufactured in India, while the arrival of the Chinese vaccine “Coronavac”, produced by the company “Sinovac”, for reasons not disclosed by the Moroccan government.
Immunization with the AstraZeneca vaccine requires two doses, but unlike other vaccines, it does not need to be stored in extremely cold temperatures, which is easy to introduce in hot countries and remote locations and in African countries.
Morocco plans to offer vaccines free of charge in a campaign targeting 25 million people, or equivalent to 80% of the population, starting with workers in the health sector, security services, teachers and people with chronic diseases.
As of Friday, Morocco has recorded 463,706 cases of coronavirus infection since the outbreak of the pandemic, including 8,076 deaths and 16,329 active cases.