“Some countries are ahead of the curve on distributing the vaccine” said a BBC reporter, referring to Morocco.
Rabat — BBC Journalist Katty Kay commended Morocco’s vaccination campaign Wednesday on air.
During a live broadcast, Kay said her sister who lives in Morocco has received the AstraZeneca vaccine. Meanwhile, the reporter and her husband, who live in the US, have not received an injection yet.
While some countries are still behind on their COVID-19 vaccination campaign, Morocco has received recognition for its efforts and the speed at which it has managed to launch a successful vaccination drive.
Morocco receives its vaccines from AstraZeneca and Sinopharm.
King Mohammed VI launched the initiative, which began on January 28. It has since reached over 3,745,173 people.
The campaign is targeting 33 million Moroccans, which is 80% of the country’s population.
The number of Moroccans who received the second shot reached 413,032 and the number of cases has significantly decreased this past month.
The comment Katty Kay made is not a mere comparison between the two countries. Morocco has indeed surpassed the expectations of many by securing large numbers of vaccines for Moroccans and distributing them for free.
The WHO placed Morocco among the first 10 countries that have “successfully completed the challenge of vaccination” against COVID-19.
The pandemic has affected the world in unprecedented ways. Discussions around the vaccine have taken the media by storm and have created a large controversy.
The distribution of vaccines across the world has been unfair and uneven. While economically and politically strong countries secured large amounts of the vaccines, some countries are unable to get enough shots for their citizens. “At this critical moment, vaccine equity is the biggest moral test before the global community,” said the UN secretary general.