Today, Friday, Morocco received two million doses of the “Oxford-AstraZeneca” vaccine to prevent Covid-19 disease, caused by infection with the emerging coronavirus.
The vaccine shipment arrived on a Royal Air Maroc plane from India, which this week began exporting the vaccine to many countries.
Morocco said that two agreements were entered into with the Indian “Serum Serum and Vaccine” and the Russian “R-Pharm” company, while the remaining number was requested from the Chinese company, Sinopharma, to purchase 65 million doses, including 25 million doses of AstraZeneca.
Morocco plans to start a public vaccination campaign to provide vaccines free of charge in an operation targeting 25 million people, or about 80 percent of the population, starting with health workers, security services, teachers and chronically ill people.
As of Friday, Morocco has recorded 463,706 cases of corona since the outbreak of the pandemic, including 8,076 deaths and 16,329 active cases.
India, the world’s largest vaccine producer, began exporting AstraZeneca to neighboring countries on Wednesday.
It also sent shipments of the vaccine to Brazil on Friday.
Immunization with AstraZeneca requires two doses. However, unlike other vaccines, it does not need to be stored in extremely cold temperatures, which makes it easy to introduce it in hot countries and remote locations.