More Than 2 Million Moroccans Vaccinated Against COVID-19; Highest in Arab world

Monday, February 22, 2021

King Mohammed VI
takes COVID-19 vaccine

PanOrient News/ The Moroccan Ministry of Health announced that 2,447,716 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country, indicating that the country can limit the spread of the virus and quickly return to normal life. This comes three weeks after King Mohammed VI launched a national vaccination campaign and took the first shot of COVID-19 vaccine.

The Kingdom of Morocco is the first African country to launch a vaccination campaign against Covid-19, and the vaccines are free of charge for all Moroccans and foreign residents in the country aged 17 years or more.

The Ministry of Health stated that Morocco currently has 7 million doses of coronavirus vaccine, after receiving a second batch – 500,000 doses – of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. This number is expected to increase as Morocco has signed contracts to buy quantities of both the AstraZeneca and Sinopharm vaccines to cover 30 million people.

King Mohammed VI gave instructions in June 2020 to send emergency medical and preventive aid to 21 African countries to help them fight the virus. In addition, since the outbreak of the epidemic, the Kingdom has taken a series of wide-ranging measures to combat the health, economic and social repercussions of the virus.

A special fund was established to manage the COVID-19 pandemic to help the most affected people and support the national economy. This fund raised more than $3 billion in the first weeks of its launch with contributions from the public and private sectors. (PanOrient News)

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