RABAT, 30 January 2021 – King Mohammed VI of Morocco on Friday became the first recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine in his country.

The King was inoculated in the Royal Palace in Fez, according to a statement issued Friday by the royal cabinet.

King of Morocco Gets the COVID19 Jab - Photo ABC News

King of Morocco Gets the COVID19 Jab – Photo ABC News

Friday also marked the launch of Morocco’s national COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

Morocco has said the inoculation program will be free of charge with the goal of vaccinating about 80 percent of the population (33 million people).

Morocco, so far, has received two million doses of the Astrazeneca vaccine and half a million doses of the Chinese vaccine Sinopharm.

Last January 22, Morocco’s health ministry said the country had secured a total of 66 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines.

Health care workers, members of the security forces, teachers and Moroccans aged above 45 are among the priority groups targeted in the early phase of the inoculation.

Morocco has recorded 469,139 COVID-19 cases with 8,224 deaths and 447,076 full recoveries.

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