Soon, Morocco will no longer need to order anti-covid vaccines elsewhere. On Monday, July 5, King Mohammed VI presided over the signing of agreements relating to the project for the manufacture and syringing in Morocco of the anti-Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines.
Faced with a fierce vaccine race, this project is part of King Mohammed VI’s desire to endow the Kingdom with complete and integrated industrial and biotechnological capacities, dedicated to the manufacture of anti-covid-19 vaccines and other vaccines in the Morocco and reach a certain ” vaccine sovereignty“. The objective is also to promote the country’s self-sufficiency and to make Morocco a leading biotechnology platform on the scale of the African continent and the world in the field of the industry of ” fill & finish “.
Proud of this national success, Dr Moulay Said Afif, president of the National Health Federation (FNS) and member of the scientific committee for anti-covid vaccination, argues that “ Morocco continues to move forward, thanks to directives from King Mohammed VI“.
” Morocco has a sufficiency in the local production of drugs which amounts to 65%. The manufacture of vaccines in the Kingdom reinforces this self-sufficiency to which we aspire, especially in this period of the Covid-19 pandemic which has shown that we can only rely on ourselves ”, underlined Dr Afif.
And to add: “Today, and thanks to royal guidance, Morocco has taken proactive measures that have enabled us to get through this health crisis with as little damage as possible. Of course, we have lost compatriots during this pandemic, which I consider a loss for the Kingdom, but in comparison with other countries which have the necessary hospital infrastructures and human and financial resources, we have been able to meet the challenge of pandemic“, He confides in a proud tone.
Thus, specifies this member of the anti-covid vaccination committee, Morocco will soon start manufacturing its own vaccines to achieve a certain self-sufficiency in anti-covid vaccine (a production capacity of 5 million doses of anti-Covid19 vaccine per month). This will allow the country, according to Dr. Afif, not only to have this self-sufficiency in terms of vaccine, but also to help Africa obtain it.
” We are proud of this success that our country has been able to achieve. This new project is part of the great royal project, already launched, of the generalization of social protection. And the part which concerns the production of drugs is important in this work (…) the only solution today to face the pandemic remains the vaccination which protects up to 90% against the disease.“, He argues.
Regarding the anti-covid vaccination campaign, launched in Morocco in January 2021 by King Mohammed VI, Dr. Said Afif recalls that it remains “ not compulsory and free in Morocco“. Free admission which, according to him, materializes ” equality between all citizens with regard to access to the vaccine“.
” What matters to us today is that the quantities of vaccines that will be produced, thanks to the signing of two conventions, is sufficient to vaccinate more than 80% of people aged 18 and over. And we can thus achieve this collective immunity so hoped for“, Concludes our interlocutor.
Result of a public-private partnership, the project to manufacture and syringe in Morocco the anti-Covid-19 vaccine and other vaccines aims to start, in the short term, with a production capacity of 5 million doses of vaccine anti-Covid-19 per month, before gradually increasing this capacity in the medium term. The project will thus mobilize a global investment of around $ 500 million.