Covid: Turkey, vaccination campaign begins

First for health personnel and elderly, with Chinese vaccine

14 January, 12:13

    (ANSAmed) - ISTANBUL, JANUARY 14 - A large-scale Covid-19 vaccination campaign officially kicked off on Thursday in Turkey, where on Wednesday evening in a symbolic gesture the first doses were given to Health Minister Fahrettin Koca and some members of the country's technical-scientific committee. In this initial phase, the CoronaVac vaccine produced by the Chinese company Sinovac will be given to doctors and health workers, as well as nursing home residents and Turkish citizens over age 65. The Turkish government purchased 50 million doses in all, three million of which have already been delivered. The CoronaVac shot has mixed effectiveness rates based on the various countries that have tested it, ranging from 50.38% in Brazil to 91.25% in Turkey, and requires a second dose after 28 days. "Everyone must get the vaccine in order to get back to life as before," Koca said. "We completed the tests, the vaccine is sufficiently safe," he said. The Turkish government is in talks with Pfizer BioNTech to purchase an initial supply of 4.5 million doses of its vaccine. Since the start of the pandemic, Turkey has registered over 2.3 million cases of Covid-19 and 23,000 deaths.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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