Morocco starts vaccinating elderly, doctors and police next week 

Morocco receives two million doses of AstraZeneca's vaccine 
Vaccine AstraZeneca 

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Morocco will launch next week the vaccination campaign against the coronavirus after receiving today the first delivery of the British vaccine "AstraZeneca", manufactured in India, said the Ministry of Health, which does not specify the number of vials received. 

A statement from the ministry said that this first wave of vaccinations will target health workers over the age of 40, interior ministry officials, members of the armed forces and civil servants in the education sector over the age of 45. 

This stage will also include people over 75 years of age, starting in the areas affected by the highest rates of covid-19 infection. 

According to media reports, the first batch of vaccines received today totalled two million doses. 

The statement said that Morocco will also receive the first shipment of the "SinoPharm" vaccine next Wednesday from China, after authorising its use in the country today. 

According to the statement, citizens and foreign residents belonging to priority categories (the elderly and teachers) can obtain an appointment and information on their corresponding vaccination centre on an electronic portal. 

The Ministry of Health note also stressed the need to continue to comply with preventive measures during the vaccination period, including the use of protective masks, physical distancing and hygiene rules. 

King Mohammed VI ordered his government last September to make the vaccine free of charge for all citizens and residents over 18 years of age. 

To date, Morocco has a total of 464,844 cases of coronavirus, of which 440,652 patients have been cured and 8,105 have died.