Moroccan king gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine

Cairo: King Mohammed VI of Morocco has received the first dose of the vaccination against COVID-19 in his country at the start of a national inoculation campaign.

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The official Moroccan news agency MAP showed the monarch receiving the jab in the royal palace in the city of Fez, launching the vaccinations on Thursday.

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The inoculation will be offered for free to Moroccan citizens, targeting around 30 million or 80 per cent of the country’s population aged 17 and above, according to royal directives.

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Foreign residents in Morocco will also have access to the inoculation drive, which will be gradual to help bring life back to normal, the agency added.

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Moroccan health authorities so far have reported a tally of 469,139 virus cases and 8,224 related deaths

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Morocco Wednesday took delivery of 500,000 doses of the Chinese-made Sinopharm vaccine, the second batch after the North African country had earlier received 2 million doses of the AstraZeneca jabs manufactured in India.

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