COVID-19 in Morocco: Rethinking the Local in the Global

Rabat from the Outside. January 1, 2014 Image: V.Epiney, Creative Commons License via Wikimedia
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Rabat from the Outside. January 1, 2014 Image: V.Epiney, Creative Commons License via Wikimedia

In the midst of this world health crisis, it is crucial to strengthen collaborative efforts between scientists, stakeholders, policy makers and epidemiologists in order to formulate solutions on its polymorphic aftermath. However, the recent rise in cases worldwide due to the widespread delta variant stirs concerns of a “tripledemic”: the COVID-19 pandemic, misinformation, and vaccine inequity.

Since receiving the first batch of Covid-19 vaccine in January 2021, Morocco has been implementing a proactive strategy to ensure an equitable rollout, with free immunization of Moroccan citizens and resident noncitizens alike. The results are promising; Morocco leads the African continent in the total number of vaccinated individuals. 

Another interesting development is an agreement, kicked-off by King Mohammed VI this summer, to develop Morocco’s industrial and biotechnical capacity to produce COVID-19 vaccines, which will ensure local and continental distribution in Africa. 

Moroccan health authorities created a special web portal for Covid-19 and followed the WHO's guidelines on facilitating and clarifying public messages and campaigns on COVID in Arabic and French. A national taskforce, chaired by the King, acts on the advice of the scientific and technical committee in charge of the pandemic.

Mohamed Taiebine, PhD, works as a clinical neuropsychologist in private practice and consultant in Alzheimer’s center, Rabat, Morocco.

 

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