Morocco said on Thursday that it had ordered 65 million doses of a new coronavirus vaccine, while the North African kingdom was preparing to launch a vaccination campaign targeting 25 million people.
“Preparations have reached very advanced stages,” Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb said in a statement on plans for the introduction.
“Field exercises have been set up to cover all phases of the vaccination process for citizens.”
A government source confirmed to AFP that Morocco has opted for the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm and the British AstraZeneca, which require two shots.
There is no date for the arrival of the sting or for the start of the vaccine.
The vaccination campaign will first target first-generation health, insurance and education staff, as well as vulnerable and elderly people, before spreading to the rest of the population.
King Mohammed VI decreed that the vaccine be given free of charge.
Morocco, a country of about 35 million people, has officially recorded more than 425,000 new cases of coronavirus and 7,130 deaths.
On Wednesday, authorities introduced a three-day night curfew across the country.
Gatherings were banned, and restaurants, cafes, shops and department stores were ordered to close from 8 p.m.
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In the larger cities of Casablanca, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier, restaurants have been closed for three weeks.
Morocco has extended the state of public health until January 10, 2021.