The Kingdom of Morocco will issue out COVID-19 vaccines for free to all citizens, following a decree by the country’s ruler King Mohammed VI.

The North African country is among a few in the continent that have purchased or made plans to buy COVID-19 vaccines.

Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani told reporters last month the government planned to roll out China’s Sinopharm vaccine immediately phase three trials are over.

He also added that the country has ordered doses from AstraZeneca and is in talks with other vaccine developers.

Morocco, with a population of about 36 million, has recorded nearly 390,000 confirmed cases and 6,370 deaths since the start of the pandemic in March. It has around 40,000 active cases.

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