RABAT: Morocco expects new batches of Covid vaccine to arrive soon from Russia, South Korea and China. This will help the country to continue its rapid immunisation drive despite a pause in exports from India, health ministry sources said.
Morocco has already received 8.5 million doses of AstraZeneca, made in India vaccine, and Sinopharm vaccine, made in China. With this, Morocco has administered more jabs than any other African country.
It expects 4.2 million more doses soon, said health ministry scientific committee member Said Afif, keeping it on track to reach its target of herd immunity before the summer.
These include 2 million more Sinopharm doses, 1 million of Russia’s Sputnik V shot and another 1.2 million AstraZeneca doses made in South Korea and bought through the Covax vaccine-sharing scheme, Afif said.
The health ministry has approved use of the Sputnik and South Korean-made AstraZeneca vaccines.
“Morocco is adopting a strategy of anticipation to ensure the vaccination campaign continues steadily regardless of the delays announced by AstraZeneca manufacturer in India,” Afif said.
India has put a temporary hold on all major exports of the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine shots made by the serum institute of India (SII), the world’s biggest vaccine-maker, to meet domestic demand as cases surge, reuters reported on Wednesday.
A source from Morocco’s health ministry said the new vaccine shipments are expected in the upcoming days.
By Friday, 4.29 million people had received a first jab in Morocco and 3 million have got the second dose.
News Source: The Times Of India