Turkey began administering the homegrown COVID-19 vaccine Turkovac in larger hospitals across the country on Thursday, APA reports citing Anadolu Agency.
The landmark vaccine was developed in collaboration with Erciyes University in the Kayseri province and the Health Ministry's Turkish Health Institutes.
With Turkovac, Turkey joined the ranks of only nine countries that can produce a COVID-19 vaccine.
Turkey announced last week that the indigenous Turkovac vaccine had been authorized for emergency use.
Earlier, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the vaccine will be administered in Turkey's signature city hospitals beginning Thursday.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's president, has also vowed to make the vaccine available globally, saying it will be used to benefit all of humanity.