09 – 11 November, 2020

HM the King presides over a working session in Rabat devoted to the vaccination strategy against COVID-19

HM King Mohammed VI chaired, on Monday at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a working session devoted to the vaccination strategy against Covid-19. Here is a press release from the Royal Cabinet:

“His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God help him, chaired on Monday, November 9, 2020 at the Royal Palace in Rabat, a working session devoted to the vaccination strategy against Covid-19.

This meeting is part of the ongoing monitoring by His Majesty the King, may God preserve him, of the evolution of the pandemic and the measures taken in the fight against its spread and the protection of life and health of citizens.

During this meeting, and on the basis of the opinion delivered by the ad hoc National Scientific Committee emphasizing that the vaccination campaign is a real response to put an end to the acute phase of the pandemic, and faithful to the proactive royal approach adopted since the appearance of this virus, His Majesty the King gave His High Guidance in view of the launch, in the coming weeks, of a massive vaccination operation against Covid-19.

This national operation, on an unprecedented scale, aims to cover the population with a vaccine as an ideal means of immunisation against the virus and to control its spread. According to the results of clinical studies already completed or still in progress, the safety, efficacy and immunogenicity of the vaccine have been proven.

The operation will therefore cover citizens over 18 years of age, according to a two-injection vaccination schedule. Priority will be given in particular to front-line staff, in this case health workers, public authorities, security forces and national education staff, as well as the elderly and people vulnerable to the virus, before extending it to the rest of the population.

The Kingdom has been able to occupy an advanced position in the supply of covid-19 vaccine, thanks to the Initiative and the Personal Involvement of the Sovereign, which has led to the successful participation of our country in clinical trials.

His Majesty the King has thus given his directives to the competent authorities to ensure the proper preparation and smooth running of this large-scale national operation, from the health, logistical and technical points of view. Emphasis was placed on the accessibility of the vaccine, in a social and supportive framework, and its availability in sufficient quantities, as well as on the medical logistics of transport, storage and administration of the vaccine throughout the country and the implementation of an efficient system of pre-registration of beneficiaries.

To this end, the Sovereign has called for the mobilisation of all services and departments concerned, in particular health personnel, territorial administration and law enforcement agencies, as well as the necessary support from the Royal Armed Forces, in accordance with the missions entrusted to them by His Majesty the King, Supreme Chief and Chief of General Staff of the Royal Armed Forces, in the context of the anti-Covid struggle19.

By undertaking this large-scale operation, with the faith and hope that God may surround all humanity with His Grace and lift this calamity through vaccination, the Royal High Guidelines were given to the effect of redoubling vigilance in the management of the pandemic, and to maintain scientific watch capacities for a regular update of the national strategy in this field in the light of new developments and factual realities. This working session was attended by the Head of Government, Mr Saad Dine El Otmani, the Adviser to HM the King, Mr Fouad Ali El Himma, the Minister of the Interior, Mr Abdelouafi Laftit, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans residing abroad, Mr Nasser Bourita, the Minister of Health, Khalid Ait Taleb, Lieutenant General Abdelfattah El Ouarak, Inspector General of the FAR, Lieutenant General Mohamed Haramou, Commander of the Royal Gendarmerie, Brigadier General Mohammed Abbar, Inspector of the FAR Military Health Service, and the Director General of National Security, Director General of National Territorial Surveillance, Mr Abdellatif Hammouchi”.

For more information, please consult (in French) the following link.