Turkey Administers 16 Million Covid-19 Jabs

Published April 4th, 2021 - 06:05 GMT
Turkey has administered more than 16.6 million covid-19 vaccine jabs.
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against the coronavirus Covid-19, is prepared for waiting patients at the Ankara City Hospital in Ankara on April 2, 2021. Turkey on APRIL 1, 2021 reported more than 40,000 new coronavirus infections, its highest daily figure since the start of the pandemic over a year ago. Adem ALTAN / AFP
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More than 9.5M people have gotten 1st covid-19 vaccine doses, over 7.1M have received 2nd doses, says Health Ministry data.

Turkey has so far administered more than 16.6 million covid-19 vaccine jabs across the country, the nation's health minister announced on Saturday.

"Among the countries which have yet to produce their own vaccine, Turkey stands as one of the states that conducts the most jabs," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

"We rank sixth among countries with the highest number of vaccines," he said. "The countries that give more vaccines than us are the US, China, India, the UK, and Brazil."

 

According to the Health Ministry data, since Turkey began a mass COVID-vaccination campaign on Jan. 14, more than 9.5 million people to date have received their first doses, while second doses have been given to over 7.13 million.

In the face of rising case and fatality numbers, Turkey announced the return of weekend curfews in high-risk areas, as well as other restrictions, in addition to special measures for the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 2.84 million lives in 192 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University. Over 130.5 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries now nearing 74 million.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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