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Turkey expecting 6.5M CoronaVac doses on Monday

Vaccine shipments will continue smoothly, says health minister

Ahmet Gencturk   | 24.01.2021
 Turkey expecting 6.5M CoronaVac doses on Monday File Photo - Flacons of CoronaVac vaccine against coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic are seen after the vaccine was issued "Emergency Use Authorization" in at Ibni Sina Hospital Ankara, Turkey on January 15, 2021. ( Halil Sağırkaya - Anadolu Agency )

ANKARA 

As many as 6.5 million doses of China's CoronaVac vaccine will be delivered to Turkey on Monday, the country's health minister has announced.

“In line with our purchasing plan, the vaccine shipments to Turkey will continue smoothly," Fahrettin Koca tweeted on Sunday.

Mass vaccinations began in Turkey on Jan. 14 after the first batch of 3 million doses of the vaccine developed by China's SinoVac Biotech arrived on Dec. 30. Later, a second consignment of 10 million doses was approved.

Over 1.23 million people, mostly health workers and elderly people, have been inoculated since Jan. 14.

The health minister and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were among the first ones to be vaccinated to boost public confidence in the vaccine.

The government has also introduced nighttime and weekend curfews to stem the spread of COVID-19.


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