Turkey says a quarter of adults fully vaccinated

Turkey has completed COVID-19 vaccination for one quarter of people over the age of 18, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Tuesday.

“The number of people receiving two doses of the vaccine has reached 15 million,” Koca said on Twitter.

More than 15 million people have received full doses of either the SinoVac/CoronaVac or Pfizer/BioNTech vaccines, according to Health Ministry figures. A further 19 million people have received their first doses.

Turkey’s vaccination programme started in mid-January and progressed slowly. By May 24, 11.9 million people had been fully inoculated. Turkey has a population of about 84 million. Vaccinations picked up speed in June after supply constraints eased. June 18 was the busiest day, with 1.53 million doses administered, Koca said.

Turkey has signed contracts for 100 million doses of CoronaVac, 120 million doses of Pfizer/BioNTech, and 50 million doses of Sputnik V, Koca said in May.

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