Turkey ranks 9th worldwide in number of COVID-19 vaccine vaccines administered

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As the pandemic subsides worldwide thanks to the nearly 3 billion COVID-19 doses administered worldwide so far, Turkey has managed to take a top spot among countries vaccinating their citizens against the disease.

According to information from Oxford University’s Ourworldindata.org website, China is the country with the most vaccinations administered, with over 1.12 billion vaccinations, followed by the United States with over 320 million, India with over 300 million, and Brazil with nearly 93 million 75.5 million, Germany with 70.5 million, France with almost 49 million, Italy with 48.3 million and Turkey with over 46 million cans.

Meanwhile, Turkey launched a new phase of its coronavirus vaccination campaign on Friday, where people over 18 can now get their vaccinations. They will be the last group to be vaccinated as the Department of Health tries to convince those who were in previously eligible groups but who avoided doses to reconsider.

With open appointments, young people rushed to the online appointment app and filled hospitals and clinics for their recordings on Friday morning. It was a highly anticipated phase of the pandemic for teens who have been repeatedly warned to stick to coronavirus measures as a group, which are believed to be the least affected by the virus but more prone to easily inflicting others infect. Your intake will add to vaccination numbers, which hit more than 46 million as of Friday, with 14.7 million people now fully vaccinated.

“Everyone should get vaccinated. We have to trust the science of medicine and protect ourselves, ”said 19-year-old Ece Çelikkol when she arrived for a vaccination at Ankara City Hospital in the capital.

Aslı Cansu Bora, 21, said she was afraid of the possible side effects of vaccines but decided to have her as a “citizen who is aware of the need for vaccination to overcome the pandemic”.

Dr. Selmani DoÄŸan, the deputy chief physician of Dr. Sadi Konuk Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul said there was increasing demand for vaccinations. He told the Anadolu Agency (AA) that more young people are expected next week as this weekend’s entrance exams could disrupt registration.

DoÄŸan said they also sent crews in shopping malls and outdoors to set up vaccination booths to increase the ride. “The Ministry of Health has a vaccination schedule and it is very busy now. We need to give vaccination priority to get back to normal life, to go back to the days when we didn’t have to wear masks, ”said DoÄŸan.

Yaman ErdoÄŸan, a 19-year-old university student, said he applied for a vaccination because he wanted his school to reopen fully to personal classes without the risk of infection.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the vaccination rates for the provinces on Friday and named Edirne in the northwest with more than 68% the province with the highest vaccination rate. Edirne is followed by Amasya, Eskişehir and Çanakkale with around 67% each.

As part of a campaign called “We’re rolling up our sleeves”, the Ministry of Health is trying to convince vaccine skeptics to get their vaccinations, as they are now the last group not to be vaccinated. The ministry set up “vaccine advocacy teams” across the country. Crews visit skeptics at home and explain the benefits of vaccination. If they are convinced, the citizens are given injections on site or referred to the nearest hospital.

Ultimately, the under 18s will be the only group exempt from vaccination, although a final decision has not yet been made.

Professor Serap ÅžimÅŸek Yavuz, a member of the Ministry of Health’s coronavirus scientific advisory board, told the Demirören (DHA) news agency on Friday that children may be given a lower dose of vaccines. She said they could monitor vaccination results in children and young adults in other countries and consider giving children a low, single dose, and if two doses are needed, the time between doses could be extended.

After battling hesitant vaccination and delays in vaccine imports, Turkey broke daily vaccination records, surpassing 1 million a day this month. The numbers are the result of the Ministry of Health adding new groups to the campaign almost daily. Although the campaign started with a focus on age, with the oldest citizens vaccinated first, this summer it expanded to include occupations regardless of age, from teachers to factory workers. The venues have also been diversified and the public can now enjoy their tricks in the factories, fields and orchards where they work, or, as in some cities, in shopping malls or tents in busy squares.

The initiative also gained momentum with the arrival of more vaccine shipments from Pfizer-BioNTech and China’s Sinovac. The Russian Sputnik-V vaccine should also be available soon.

Meanwhile, a locally made inactive vaccine started its Phase 3 studies this week.

The inactive coronavirus vaccine recently started phase 3 trials at a ceremony attended by Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan. The first volunteers were injected with the syringe, which ErdoÄŸan called “Turkovac”.

The vaccine is being developed in collaboration with Erciyes University and the Health Institutes of Turkey. It was temporarily called Erucov-Vac, after the name of the university. It is expected to be the first locally made vaccine in the country when approved by the Ministry of Health after safety tests. The authorities had previously announced that it could be available before the end of 2021.

During a video call with officials, including Health Minister Fahrettin Koca, at the ceremony at the Ankara City Hospital’s vaccine application center, ErdoÄŸan said the locally-made vaccine was “crucial” to keeping Turkey safe from the threat of a pandemic. “This is the last phase we have our own vaccine. I hope that the vaccine will soon start mass production and be widely used. I urge our citizens to get vaccinated as soon as possible to protect themselves and their loved ones from this (pandemic), ”said ErdoÄŸan.

Amid a nationwide decline in COVID-19 cases, Turkey will lift all restrictions starting July 1, which include night curfews and a full lockdown on Sundays.

June the country eased some measures after a 17-day strict lockdown.

As of December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 3.9 million lives in 192 countries and regions, according to Johns Hopkins University, with more than 180.1 million cases reported worldwide.



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