COVID-19 pandemic, coronavirus vaccine

Erdoğan: Turkey will offer its coronavirus vaccine to all Mankind

In a speech to the UN, Erdoğan denounced that there are 100 countries and billions of people that still do not have access to the vaccine.

Turkey plans to offer its coronavirus vaccine to all Mankind and under the most favorable conditions once all investigations are completed, Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan announced today during a speech delivered to a United Nations online conference, in which he expressed his concern about the lack of access to the vaccine in dozens of countries, especially in Africa.

Erdoğan recalled that there are almost a hundred countries around the world that have not yet been able to get doses of any of the vaccines developed against SARS-CoV-2; thus, while there are rich countries that have already vaccinated almost their entire population – Israel, the United Arab Emirates, etc. – billions of people around the planet have not yet been able to receive even the first dose of the vaccine, the president said.

And despite this, it is clear that neither the pandemic nor the economic crisis will end until everyone has equitable and fair access to the COVID-19 vaccine, Erdoğan insisted, adding that the countries that already have sufficient doses to vaccinate their entire population, should donate the remaining doses to other countries that need them and do not have access to the vaccine, instead of stockpiling them as is currently the case.

“Turkey has delivered medical aid against the pandemic to 157 countries”

“Turkey has provided medical aid and support to 157 countries and 12 international organisations. In particular, we have stood by our brothers and sisters in Africa in these difficult days,” said the Turkish president.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has once again demonstrated the flaws in the global system that we have often denounced. The pandemic, which caught even the richest countries off guard, has caused significant devastation, especially in the least developed countries,” he continued.

“The injustices, which have become even more evident during the pandemic, have been further exacerbated by the issue of vaccination,” Erdoğan concluded. Turkey is currently working on 6 vaccines against the coronavirus, some in a very advanced stage; one of them, which will be administered nasally and will be particularly effective, will be ready by the end of this year.