Morocco Launches COVID-19 Vaccination Drive

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI [Photo : BBC News]

Jan, 29th 2021 – Morocco’s King Mohammed VI has officially commenced the county’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign, which at the beginning will target the health care workers, security forces and persons over  75 years.

The North African kingdom received its first shipment of vaccine doses in recent weeks, from China’s Sinopharm and Anglo-Swedish drug maker AstraZeneca.

His Majesty King Mohammed Vi received the first dose of the vaccine on Thursday,  at the royal palace in the city of Fez.

In a statement  he said, the vaccine distribution campaign will proceed gradually, affirming that all the vaccines are available for free, to all Moroccan nationals and foreigners.

This will make it possible to achieve the expected levels of collective immunisation and protect the population against this pandemic,” read the statement.

According to Moroccan authorities, the country will get 66 million vaccine doses, covering about 80% of its 35 million population. 

The Health Ministry said patients would receive two doses over 21 days.

It also said, the mass immunization campaign will include 2,888 vaccination stations and the deployment of mobile units to factories, offices, campuses and prisons. 

Over 12,000 health professionals as well as the military will be mobilized for the operation.

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