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Majority of Moroccans approve of government’s anti-covid campaign

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Satisfaction with the government’s management of the pandemic is widespread among Moroccans, although some express concern about corruption and the loss of resources earmarked for the fight against Covid-19, according to a recent poll conducted by the pan-African network Afrobarometer.

Nearly two-thirds, or 65%, of Moroccans expressed their approval of the government’s management of the COVID-19 pandemic, Afrobarometer’s survey results reveal. In addition, a majority of citizens (58%) said they were satisfied with the efforts made to help vulnerable households.

However, only half of respondents felt that adequate resources had been made available for health facilities (50%) and that disruption to children’s education had been minimized (48%), the same source said.

With regard to the distribution of financial respite measures linked to the pandemic, 48% of citizens feel that it has been somewhat or very inequitable.

What’s more, a high proportion – almost seven out of ten (69%) – believe that considerable resources allocated to the response to the pandemic have been lost through corruption, with 44% of respondents believing that “some” resources have been misappropriated and 25% thinking that “a lot” have been.

Despite these concerns, 70% of Moroccans believe it is justified for the government to use the armed forces or police to enforce public health mandates in times of emergency, such as a pandemic. In addition, a similar proportion support the postponement of elections (70%) and the censorship of media reports (70%) in such circumstances.

In addition, the poll results reveal that half of Moroccans surveyed have suffered a loss of job, business or main source of income within their household, while a similar proportion report that a family member has been ill or tested positive for Covid-19.

Despite this, the majority of citizens claim to have received at least one dose of vaccine, and express confidence in the reliability of Covid-19 vaccines.

In terms of attitudes towards vaccines, more than eight out of 10 Moroccans (84%) said they had received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine, indicating widespread acceptance of vaccination among the population.

However, a significant proportion, representing more than one Moroccan in 10 (13%), consider it “unlikely” or “not at all likely” that they will be vaccinated.

According to Afrobarometer, those who express reluctance to be vaccinated cite a variety of reasons for their position. Among these reasons, the fact that Covid-19 is not fatal to them (17%), lack of confidence in the vaccine (14%), and even denial of Covid-19’s existence (13%) are the most common.

For the future, a large proportion of the population feels that the government should invest more in public health emergency preparedness, even if this means fewer resources available for other health services.

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