The return to a normal life is not for tomorrow. Even if part of the Moroccan population has already done so since the easing of restrictive measures, leaving aside all the barrier measures essential to limit the spread of Covid-19.
Thus, and during a scientific meeting on the Covid-19, renowned Moroccan specialists dissected the epidemiological situation in the country, the Indian (Delta) and British variants or the effectiveness of the vaccines administered in Morocco and their side effects.
They are Prof. Lahcen Belyamani, Head of the Emergency Department at the Military Hospital of Rabat and President of the Moroccan Society of Emergency Medicine (SMMU), Prof. El Azami El Idrissi Mohammed, Vice-Dean at research and cooperation at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Fez – Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University, Pr. Azeddine Ibrahimi, director of Medbiotech biotechnology laboratory of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of the Mohammed V University in Rabat and finally Ahmed Rhassane El Adib, professor in anesthesia-resuscitation at the Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakech.
Regarding the Indian (Delta) and British variants, which appeared in Morocco a few months ago, the participants in this meeting indicated that ” the currently dominant variant is the British, which is 60 to 70% more contagious than the initial virus ”. That said, it is not this variant that will take the lead soon, but rather the Delta (60 to 70% more contagious than the British), assure the experts who “ quickly, will become dominant and invade the Kingdom “.
This dominance will have a direct impact on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the country over the coming years. Indeed, the domination of the Delta variant in Morocco will result in a “Greater need for oxygen, an increase in intensive care and intensive care admissions, and consequently an increase in deaths”. Moreover, in recent days, the number of deaths is gradually increasing as well as the number of cases admitted to intensive care every 24 hours. These two indicators remain in the sights of the competent authorities.
In order to avoid a health disaster in Morocco, Pr. Lahcen Belyamani, has put forward two solutions.
The first is the acceleration of vaccination while the second solution remains the respect of barrier measures by citizens. Indeed, Pr. Belyamani did not fail to raise the relaxation of citizens as to the essential barrier measures to limit the spread of the virus, while Morocco has still not crossed the 80% mark of fully vaccinated people to arrive. to this long-awaited collective immunity.
Speaking of vaccination, where the Kingdom has done a good job (9,074,224 people fully vaccinated since January 2021), the experts first called people who have not yet received the 2nd dose, for whatever reason. , to do so quickly to protect themselves and people who have not yet been vaccinated, noting ” that an unvaccinated (and therefore unprotected) subject facilitates the expansion and mutation of new variants“.
For old coronaviruses, immunity lasts for years. We also hope for the Sars-Cov-2, ”underlines one of the professors. “Recent studies have shown that immunity after infection with Covid lasts for more than a year. This implies that people vaccinated after infection will be protected for more than a year ”.
Addressing a subject that has been debated for a long time in the Kingdom, namely the safety of vaccines, Prof. Belyamani recalled that “until today no old vaccine has had long-term side effects”. “Why then do we want anti-Covid vaccines to have them? He asks himself.
He added that “as of June 27, 2021, 3 billion doses of different types of vaccines have been administered worldwide, and until today, there have been no complications.”
Faced with this situation, scientific experts have indicated that “ vaccination remains the ultimate solution to hope for a possible return to normal life within 3 to 4 years ”. We cross fingers !