With new vaccines springing up from western countries, African nations are queuing up to acquire mass vaccines for their citizens.
China to give the vaccine to Morocco
Morocco is swooping for an ambitious COVID-19 vaccination procedure that aims to vaccinate 76% of its aging population in a process they hope will start early next year. This move relies on a Chinese vaccine that hasn’t been finished but is in advanced stages of completion. Early signs show good promise.
The first vaccines to be injected into volunteers are expected to commence soon, according to a Health Ministry official. However, there is still public skepticism about the vaccines’ potency and effectiveness. Health experts and medical officials have been on social media and television in recent weeks to allay the fears of the public about the COVID-19 vaccines and encourage Moroccans to take them.
The Race for Vaccine production thickens
With the UK starting its vaccination program in December, America and the European Union are in the race with time to approve a plethora of developed nations vaccines, other countries seek vaccines from China and Russia.
The World Health Organization insisted that any new vaccines should go through a rigorous testing phase among thousands of people to show how efficient it is and prevent side effects before being distributed in mass proportion. However, the U.N. Medical commission has said individual countries should decide how quick a vaccine shot must be given to its citizens even without such complete testing.
Morocco like most countries is battling the second wave of COVID-19 infection, with an increase in mortality recorded surpassing about 7,000. The North African nation has put all its hopes on two promising vaccines, one by China’s Sinopharm and another by UK-Oxford University.
However, some Moroccans have taken to social media to question the safety of the vaccine, with some stating that China could not be trusted to deliver. Also, government critics said it might be forced; an assertion which has been denied by health officials who insisted that it is free.