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Anti-Covid-19 vaccination : Morocco catches up, starts administering second doses

After beginnings that left much to be desired, Morocco has caught up well in its vaccination campaign against Covid-19. In terms of the proportion of vaccinated people, vaccination rate and vaccine deliveries, it is now ahead of several European Union countries.

King Mohammed VI receiving the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. / DR
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Only three weeks after the King launched the vaccination campaign, Morocco has reached a satisfactory cruising speed compared to other major nations. It has already exceeded the rate of people vaccinated per 100 inhabitants in the majority of the countries of the European Union, despite starting a month behind them. It is also ahead of large countries such as Brazil, China or Russia.

This high vaccination rate for the first dose was made possible thanks to a good organization of the nursing staff and national logistics, with peaks of more than 200,000 people vaccinated per day (with a record registered at 318,552 vaccinations in one day). This vaccine performance is observed on the average over 7 days compared to other countries. Thus, over the last 7 rolling days, Morocco (with 0.53% of its population inoculated with vaccines) is ahead of the United States (0.48%) and even outperforms the countries of the European Union (<0.21%).

However, the satisfactorily good vaccination conditions in terms of organization, reception of the doses and pace of inoculation should not obscure the downsides. At the present vaccination rate, herd immunity will not be attainable by early May as promised by the Minister of Health, Khalid Aït Taleb. Indeed, at the current rate, we could expect reaching herd immunity by the fall season. Especially as it is necessary, meanwhile to maintain the pace of the second phase, i.e. the administration of the second dose, which began on Thursday.

Herd immunity by the end of 2021 ?

As the teams in charge gain experience in rolling out the vaccines and the priority population categories expand, the vaccination rate would obviously accelerate. It will all depend on Morocco's capacity to ensure the deliveries of AstraZeneca (22 million doses) and Sinopharm (40 million doses) vaccines. For the former, Morocco has succeeded in being one of the privileged few countries receiving the vaccine from the Serum Institute of India (6 million doses already received). As for Sinopharm, while the Kingdom has participated in the clinical trial and most of its vaccine supply must come from China, only 1 million doses have been received so far.

These deliveries, although still insufficient, remain encouraging when compared with the situation of countries similar in terms of size and wealth. In a strained global vaccine market, Morocco is doing well since it has even received more doses than France for example (about 4.5 million doses), while the latter’s population is twice as high as the former’s.

Despite an initial failure regarding the effective start of the vaccination campaign announced for December, and the unrealistic herd immunity promises of the Minister of Health, Morocco is doing well. The population, despite reluctance fuelled by some anti-vaccination individuals, adheres positively to the national effort to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. The example set by King Mohammed VI when he was the first to be vaccinated was part of this global effort. Hopefully, the emphasis on Sinopharm's jab for the royal vaccination will serve as a signal to Beijing to speed up the pace of delivery.

Coronavirus cases
265 864 109
Confirmed Covid-19 cases
5 255 859
total deaths
240 405 837
total recovered
55%
de la population mondiale vaccinée
 
Cases
Deaths
USA
49 085 361
788 363
India
34 641 561
473 537
Brazil
22 143 091
615 636
United Kingdom
10 523 316
146 055
Russia
9 630 296
275 824
Turkey
8 903 087
77 830
France
8 021 237
120 519
Germany
6 200 937
103 124
Iran
6 134 465
130 200
Argentina
5 340 676
116 646
Spain
5 202 958
88 159
Italy
5 109 082
134 195
Colombia
5 081 064
128 780
Indonesia
4 257 685
143 867
Mexico
3 901 263
295 203
Poland
3 671 421
85 675
Ukraine
3 668 794
93 734
South Africa
3 031 694
89 966
Philippines
2 834 775
49 386
Netherlands
2 793 527
20 118
Malaysia
2 658 772
30 614
Peru
2 243 415
201 379
Czechia
2 240 721
33 665
Thailand
2 145 241
20 966
Iraq
2 084 346
23 885
Belgium
1 827 467
27 167
Canada
1 815 686
29 821
Romania
1 786 036
57 099
Chile
1 772 547
38 501
Japan
1 727 229
18 360
Bangladesh
1 577 443
28 001
Israel
1 345 915
8 204
Vietnam
1 309 092
26 260
Pakistan
1 287 161
28 777
Serbia
1 263 663
11 917
Slovakia
1 230 343
14 826
Sweden
1 212 145
15 170
Austria
1 198 478
12 796
Portugal
1 166 787
18 537
Hungary
1 134 869
35 122
Kazakhstan
1 058 758
17 895
Switzerland
1 044 633
11 591
Jordanie
975 956
11 761
Greece
966 221
18 595
Cuba
963 090
8 309
Morocco
950 591
14 788
Georgia
865 293
12 344
Nepal
822 592
11 541
United Arab Emirates
742 328
2 148
Tunisia
718 443
25 401
Bulgaria
703 160
28 852
Lebanon
678 801
8 775
Belarus
663 813
5 162
Croatia
631 037
11 218
Guatemala
619 852
15 986
Azerbaijan
596 388
7 967
Ireland
594 250
5 707
Sri Lanka
567 682
14 461
Costa Rica
567 383
7 312
Saudi Arabia
549 912
8 844
Bolivia
543 390
19 222
Ecuador
526 870
33 250
Burma
524 407
19 141
Denmark
514 609
2 959
Lithuania
479 839
6 847
Panama
479 053
7 374
Korea, South
477 358
3 893
Paraguay
463 260
16 476
West Bank and Gaza
461 467
4 810
Venezuela
434 918
5 193
Slovenia
430 064
5 303
Kuwait
413 491
2 465
Dominican Republic
408 516
4 212
Uruguay
400 925
6 134
Mongolia
383 682
2 017
Honduras
378 251
10 412
Libya
374 989
5 493
Ethiopia
372 215
6 800
Moldova
366 256
9 217
Egypt
363 162
20 727
Armenia
340 723
7 683
Oman
304 603
4 113
Norway
284 448
1 093
Bahrain
277 831
1 394
Bosnia and Herzegovina
277 228
12 687
Singapore
269 211
759
Latvia
257 329
4 267
Kenya
255 437
5 335
Qatar
244 223
611
Estonia
224 993
1 823
Australia
219 121
2 056
North Macedonia
217 301
7 641
Nigeria
214 622
2 980
Algeria
211 469
6 103
Zambia
210 312
3 667
Albania
201 730
3 110
Botswana
195 302
2 419
Uzbekistan
194 333
1 418
Finland
191 226
1 360
Kyrgyzstan
183 615
2 758
Kosovo
161 135
2 985
Montenegro
158 466
2 329
Afghanistan
157 445
7 312
Mozambique
151 924
1 941
Zimbabwe
139 046
4 710
Cyprus
136 832
601
Ghana
130 920
1 209
Namibia
129 796
3 574
Uganda
127 655
3 254
Cambodia
120 256
2 960
El Salvador
119 803
3 783
China
111 741
4 849
Cameroon
107 148
1 804
Rwanda
100 414
1 343
Maldives
92 211
254
Jamaica
91 469
2 410
Luxembourg
90 774
880
Laos
79 833
207
Trinidad and Tobago
75 134
2 262
Senegal
74 024
1 886
Angola
65 259
1 735
Malawi
61 981
2 307
Cote d'Ivoire
61 824
706
Congo (Kinshasa)
58 319
1 107
Fiji
52 543
697
Suriname
51 009
1 171
Syria
48 619
2 777
Eswatini
47 504
1 248
Madagascar
44 800
972
Sudan
43 489
3 164
Malta
39 934
468
Mauritania
39 558
840
Cabo Verde
38 450
351
Guyana
38 160
1 006
Gabon
37 477
280
Papua New Guinea
35 538
550
Guinea-Bissau
30 770
387
Belize
30 680
579
Togo
26 304
243
Tanzania
26 270
730
Barbados
26 095
238
Haiti
25 510
747
Benin
24 863
161
Seychelles
23 599
127
Somalia
23 051
1 331
Bahamas
22 825
695
Mauritius
22 090
240
Lesotho
21 838
663
Burundi
20 439
38
Timor-Leste
19 828
122
Congo (Brazzaville)
18 970
354
Iceland
18 333
35
Andorra
18 010
132
Mali
17 915
618
Tajikistan
17 493
125
Nicaragua
17 254
213
Taiwan*
16 652
848
Burkina Faso
16 000
286
Brunei Darussalam
15 186
98
Equatorial Guinea
13 599
175
Djibouti
13 508
187
Saint Lucia
13 034
282
South Sudan
12 804
133
New Zealand
12 333
44
Central African Republic
11 742
101
Yemen
10 025
1 954
Gambia
9 992
342
Eritrea
7 458
61
Niger
7 080
261
Guinea-Bissau
6 444
149
Sierra Leone
6 402
121
San Marino
6 148
93
Dominican Republic
6 120
39
Grenada
5 908
200
Liberia
5 824
287
Chad
5 703
181
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
5 623
76
Liechtenstein
4 893
62
Comoros
4 542
150
Antigua and Barbuda
4 147
117
Monaco
3 885
36
Sao Tome and Principe
3 733
56
Saint Kitts and Nevis
2 790
28
Bhutan
2 641
3
Summer Olympics 2020
865
0
Diamond Princess
712
13
Holy See
27
0
Solomon Islands
20
0
MS Zaandam
9
2
Palau
8
0
Vanuatu
6
1
Marshall Islands
4
0
Samoa
3
0
Kiribati
2
0
Micronesia
1
0
Tonga
1
0
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