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    Morocco Receives 5 Million Sinopharm Vaccine Doses

    October 10, a shipment of five million COVID-19 vaccine doses arrived at Mohammed V airport terminal

    12 Oct 2021

    Rabat - Morocco’s airport authorities announced yesterday the arrival of a shipment cargo containing five million vaccine doses of the Chinese vaccine Shinopharm.

    As of October 10, Morocco has received over 60 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from various manufacturers.

    The country has approved the use of four vaccines and one in the phase of clinical trials.

    On September 1, Morocco announced the inclusion of children aged 12 to 17-year-olds in its vaccination campaign. The new phase of the campaign is expected to reach three million children, according to the Moroccan health ministry.

    In its efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19, Morocco has administered over 43 million doses. Over 54% of people in Morocco have received the second jab of the vaccine, and more than 170k people have received the COVID-19 third-booster jab.

    The north African country is on track to reach its target set at vaccinating at least 80% of the population and achieve herd immunity, according to the Moroccan health ministry.

    In a research paper published on March 20, 2021, The Oxford Journal of Travel Medicine describes the vaccination campaign in Morocco as “rapid” and “effective.”The paper attributed a large part of Morocco’s successful vaccination campaign to the agreements the country has signed with multiple vaccine suppliers to procure the necessary quantities and control for delayed deliveries.

    In August 2020, Morocco signed two cooperation agreements with China National Biotec Group (CNBG), which saw the north African country’s incorporation into the clinical trials. The agreement also entailed putting Morocco at the forefront of vaccine production in Africa, according to French media.

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