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India exports 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccines to Morocco

New Delhi: As Africa intensifies vaccination process against novel coronavirus having began the programme two weeks ago, Morocco has now received a second batch of 4 million doses of AstraZeneca vaccine, the health ministry said. 

In India, AstraZeneca’s vaccines are being produced by Serum Institute of India which is world’s largest vaccine maker and has been supplying to covid-19 vaccines to the neighbouring low and  middle income countries.

The latest shipment of the vaccines arrived on a Royal Air Maroc flight in Casablanca, according to Reuters. “This new batch would enable a steady continuation of Morocco’s national vaccination campaign,” said Said Afif, a member of the health ministry’s scientific committee.

The latest shipment of covid-19 vaccines in Morocco follows 2 million doses received last month and 500,000 doses of the covid-19 vaccine developed by Sinopharm. 

As on Monday, the country has inoculated 746,116 people. It has ordered enough vaccine for 33 million people and aims to inoculate 80% of the population.

Since the inception of pandemic, Morocco has reported 476,689 coronavirus infections and 8,436 deaths.

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