Indian vaccine giant Serum Institute of India to prioritize local demand
As Morocco continues its vaccination campaign, the world’s largest vaccine maker, Serum Institute of India (STI), has called on countries awaiting supplies of Covid-19 vaccines to be “patient”, having ordered to prioritize India’s “enormous needs”.
“Dear countries and governments, while waiting for the supply of #COVISHIELD, I humbly ask you to be patient,” Adar Poonawalla, head of Serum Institute of India, tweeted Sunday. “@SerumInstIndia has been urged to prioritize the enormous needs of India and thus strike a balance with the needs of the rest of the world. We are doing our best, ”he said. This decision risks causing delays in the supply of doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine ordered by Morocco. Note that so far, the Kingdom has received 6 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. Contacted by ALM, Said Afif, president of the Moroccan Society of Medical Sciences and member of the National Technical Vaccination Committee, said: “It is not a problem if there are delays in the delivery of AstraZeneca vaccines from India as the national immunization strategy has prioritized the most vulnerable, namely the elderly.
We started the campaign with people over 75 years old. People over 65 are currently receiving their first dose of vaccine and we will be starting the 60 to 64 age group on Wednesday. The vaccination of these people will protect them from serious forms of Covid knowing that they represent 85% or even 90% of hospitalizations in intensive care and deaths by Covid ”. In addition, Dr Afif affirms that the other reassuring point is the current epidemiological situation in Morocco which has clearly improved with a considerable drop in the number of contaminations and deaths.
Added to this is also the fact that there has so far been no case of the South African and Brazilian variant detected in Morocco. The “British” variant of Covid-19 worries about its increased contagiousness. That said, the other two South African and Brazilian variants are of more concern. In addition to their increased contagiousness, they appear to be more resistant to antibodies. Therefore, health authorities should pay special attention to monitoring the Brazilian and South African variants. While waiting for the arrival of vaccines, Dr Afif insists on the importance of barrier measures which constitute an effective weapon against Covid-19.
Vaccination extended to 60-64 year olds
The national vaccination campaign against Covid-19 will be extended to the age group of 60 to 64 years old from February 24. This was announced by the Ministry of Health in a statement released Sunday evening. In addition to the vaccination of currently targeted categories, namely those over 65, the vaccination operation will thus be extended to people aged 60 to 64 as well as to the first group of people with chronic diseases, including cancerous diseases, and which benefit from compulsory medical coverage plans (CNOPS, CNSS) and RAMED, specifies the ministry. The guardianship invites all citizens belonging to the targeted categories to continue their membership in this national campaign, with a view to achieving collective immunity. They are invited to send an SMS to the free number 1717 or by consulting the liqahcorona.ma site to know the date and place of vaccination. The ministry also insists on the need to continue to comply with preventive measures before, during and after the anti-Covid 19 vaccination operation, to contribute to efforts to combat the spread of the virus, especially after the discovery of new variants in the virus. Morocco. Remember that 24 cases of the English variant were detected in Morocco by the health services. Khaled Ait Taleb’s department had reported that none of the South African or Brazilian variants were notified. Following the appearance of these new cases, Health had called on citizens to be more vigilant. Note that the number of people vaccinated on Sunday February 21 was 2,447,716, the ministry said, noting that 13,476 people received their second dose.
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