Morocco approves AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine

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NETHERLANDS - 2020/11/29: In this photo illustration, a man holds a syringe with a fake Covid-19 vaccine with the AstraZeneca logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NETHERLANDS – 2020/11/29: In this photo illustration, a man holds a syringe with a fake Covid-19 vaccine with the AstraZeneca logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Robin Utrecht/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Morocco’s health ministry on Wednesday approved the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and Oxford University for emergency use.

According to Health Minister Khalid Ait Taleb, the country has ordered 66 million doses.

The Serum Institute of India is under contract from AstraZeneca to make the shots.

The approval comes as preparations for Morocco’s vaccine rollout have reached “advanced stages,” the Health Ministry said. A launch date has not been announced.

The immunization plan aims to vaccinate 80% of the population, including frontline workers and people suffering from chronic diseases.

 

Story compiled with assistance from wire reports.

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