Published Sunday , on 24 January 2021, 10:26:50 by NONAHA

Morocco has received on Friday, January 22, 2021, the first shipment of the British Astrazeneca vaccine, manufactured in India, the Ministry of Health announced.

In a statement, the ministry noted that the Kingdom will also receive the first shipment of SinoPharm vaccine from China on Wednesday, January 27.

The national vaccination operation will be officially launched next week and will gradually target the categories concerned, particularly those vulnerable to the virus and its complications, it said.

These categories are health professionals over 40, members of public authorities and the Royal Armed Forces, as well as members of the education family over 45. People over 75 years as well as areas with high rates of Covid-19 contamination are also included.

According to the Ministry, citizens and foreign residents included in the targeted categories can obtain an appointment for vaccination and have information on the vaccination center by visiting the portal or by sending a text message to the toll-free number 1717, as of Sunday, January 24, 2021, at noon.

All information on the national immunization campaign will be available through awareness broadcasts on national TV channels and radios, on the ministry’s pages on social networks, and the portal

The Ministry of Health also insisted on the need to continue to comply, during the vaccination operation, with preventive measures, including the wearing of protective masks, physical distancing and hygiene rules.

The two vaccines chosen by the Kingdom have been developed in accordance with the international standards in this field and their compliance with quality and health safety standards has been established.

Part of the High solicitude of HM King Mohammed VI for all the components of the Moroccan people since the appearance of the first cases of coronavirus, and within the framework of the care of the Sovereign for the health and safety of all citizens, HM the King has given his High instructions for the launch of a large national vaccination and immunization operation against covid-19, with a view to progressing towards a collective immunity likely to reduce the number of cases and deaths.

Pursuant to the High Royal Instructions, Morocco acquired a sufficient quantity of vaccines for 33 million people (66 million doses of vaccine).