A nationwide Coronavirus vaccine campaign has taken off in the city of fez Morocco, with the country’s King Mohammed VI launching it with with an injection given to him, at the royal palace in the city of Fez.

While receiving the jab in the arm on Thursday, the palace released pictures of monarch wearing face mask.

According to a government statement, vaccines will be free for all Moroccan citizens and foreigners living in the North Africa kingdom.

On the duration, the campaign which will target people aged between 17 and 75 years, will take place gradually.

The statement read: “This will make it possible to achieve the expected levels of collective immunisation and protect the population against this pandemic.”

Since the pandemic began, Morocco has recorded the highest coronavirus infection rates in African and has confirmed 469,139 cases with 8,224 casualties.