The Spanish news agency “Efe”, considered that Morocco has managed with “success” the response to the coronavirus by opting, from the appearance of the first case, for the “anticipation”, in particular by the strict application of the confinement, the fast acquisition of masks and respirators, and the early engagement in vaccination.
In an article entitled “Moroccan success: multiple vaccinations, cheap masks and border closures,” Efe notes that the government acted quickly to protect its health system from collapse and, after achieving that goal, focused on ensuring herd immunity through vaccination.
He added that to prevent the pandemic from getting out of hand, Morocco declared a “state of health emergency” on March 22, and in parallel, the Moroccan government began simultaneous negotiations with several vaccine manufacturers since April 2020 to ensure its supply in an international market suffering from a serious production shortage.
According to the Agency, “this effort has reduced the number of deaths per day from a record 92 on November 20 to only 4 in the last 24 hours – the case fatality rate is now 1.8/100 – while the occupancy of resuscitation beds dedicated to Covid-19 has fallen from 39% to 13%.”
Similarly, Efe notes, daily transmission has also decreased from a peak of 6,195 cases on November 12 to 431 cases in the last 24 hours.
To conclude: “After the success of these steps, Morocco began its vaccination campaign on January 29. The Kingdom has already vaccinated more than 4 million people and has just added the Russian vaccine Sputnik V to those of AstraZeneca and Sinopharm, but also Johnson & Johnson approved by the WHO.