Covid-19: Morocco Champion of Vaccination – French Media
“Faced with the evolution of the epidemic, the country differentiated itself from other African countries in 2020 with economic and social support measures. Today, Morocco is excelling thanks to a successful launch of a vaccination campaign,” wrote the French media in a story published on its website under the title “Coronavirus: how Morocco established itself in the world’s top 10 of vaccination.”
“According to information provided by Slate, 4.5 million people, or 11.5% of the Moroccan population, have received at least one dose of vaccine. Thus, Morocco ranks in the world’s top 10 in terms of vaccinated population per number of inhabitants,” noted the private French radio, stating that within the EU, only Hungary and Finland are ahead of Morocco.
The Kingdom “is well ahead of large countries of the European Union whose vaccination rate barely exceeds 9%,” RTL said, noting that “the anticipation of the needs is one of the first keys to the success of vaccination in Morocco.”
“The Kingdom had already made an agreement with China to build a vaccine plant in the North of the country in July 2020. Then on August 20, Rabat signed an agreement with Sinopharm for the delivery of 40.5 million doses of the Chinese vaccine. Then, on September 18, Morocco signed a second agreement with the British AstraZeneca which provided for the delivery of 25.5 million additional doses,” RTL went on.
To avoid a supply disruption, the government is negotiating with Russia to receive 1 million doses of the Sputnik V vaccine, which was approved by the Ministry of Health on March 9, it said.
“But the success of the Moroccan vaccination campaign can also be explained from a logistical point of view. 3,000 vaccination centers have been set up (compared to 1,300 in France), 50% of which are in rural areas, not to mention the 10,000 mobile units,” said the French media outlet, highlighting the excellent supervision of the vaccination campaign.
In Morocco, “to make an appointment, one can simply send a free SMS with the ID number. Then, the date and place of the vaccination unit are sent immediately by SMS,” underlined RTL.
Source: Agency Morocaine De Presse