COVID-19: Turkey starts vaccinations with China’s Sinovac

Ankara: Turkey became the latest country to roll out its COVID-19 vaccination programme, starting with health care workers in hospitals across the country.

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Thursday’s start of the nationwide inoculation programme came a day after Turkish authorities gave the go-ahead for the emergency use of the vaccine produced by China’s Sinovac Biotech Ltd.

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Turkey’s health minister and members of the country’s scientific advisory council received the first shots live on television shortly after the regulator’s approval.

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People over the age of 65 will be the next in line to be administered the vaccine in two doses.

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50 million doses

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Turkey received a first shipment of the Sinovac vaccine, consisting of 3 million doses, last month. The country is scheduled to get a total of 50 million doses of the vaccine.

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