Turkey to begin COVID-19 vaccine jabs by this weekend
- 12 January 2021
Turkey will begin vaccine jabs for COVID-19 by this weekend, the nation's president said on Monday, APA reports quoting Anadolu Agency.
"The COVID-19 vaccine will begin to be administered on Thursday or Friday in line with the determined order," Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a press conference following a Cabinet meeting at the Presidential Complex.
"With the number of COVID-19 cases falling below a certain number, we will ease the restrictions gradually, as we did before," he added.
The first batch of 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine ordered from China’s SinoVac Biotech arrived in Turkey on Dec. 30, followed by tests by Turkish labs.
***Erdogan also pointed to Turkey one day fulfilling its own vaccine needs, saying: "The most important thing is to develop our own vaccine. Many of our universities, institutions, and companies are making intense efforts towards this end.”
As of Monday, Turkey registered a total of 22,981 deaths due to coronavirus while over 2.2 million people have recovered from the disease. To date there have been more than 2.33 million confirmed cases in the country.