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Morocco says it’s acquired 65 million doses of COVID vaccines

Morocco says it’s acquired 65 million doses of COVID vaccines
Officials did not say whether the country, which boasts one of the region’s most advanced inoculation plans, had already received the first doses.

The country aims to vaccinate 80% of its adults and, according to Taleb, the country is now at a “very advanced” stage of its vaccination plan with authorities embarking on simulations at all immunization sites “to avoid any obstacles that may arise during the implementation of the vaccination program.(Mosa'ab Elshamy/AP) The vaccination program will begin with Sinopharm’s shot, though the jab has not yet finished its advanced trials meant to ensure safety and efficacy.AstraZeneca’s shot has not yet been approved but is continuing advanced trials in both the U.It was not stipulated by the government whether Morocco purchased the jabs had been bought from and/or provided by Covax, an international effort to provide shots to developing countries.

Even as Morocco’s seen a slight dip in cases over the past two weeks, public and private gatherings alike have been banned and restaurants in big cities have been closed.Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb announced at a Cabinet meeting Thursday that the North African kingdom had acquired 65 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from China’s Sinopharm and Britain’s AstraZeneca, The Associated Press reports.

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