Turkey, coronavirus vaccine

Turkey, better than its European neighbours in coronavirus vaccination

With a vaccination rate against the coronavirus of 8 vaccines per 100 inhabitants, Turkey surpasses Germany, France, Spain and Italy.

In just 40 days, Turkey has managed to vaccinate some 7 million people against the coronavirus: a vaccination rate higher than most of its neighbours in Europe despite the fact that the Eurasian country began later to administer the first doses of the vaccine against COVID-19.

As of February 22, more than 5.8 million people in Turkey had received the first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, which began to be administered on January 14, starting with healthcare personnel and nursing homes, and subsequently to those over 65; furthermore, 1.1 million people have already received a second dose of the vaccine.

In this way, the vaccination rate in Turkey currently stands at 7.75 vaccinated people per 100 inhabitants: figures well above the world average – only 2.63 out of every 100 inhabitants on the planet have been vaccinated – and that of most European countries. Thus, for example, Germany has a vaccination rate of 6, similar to that of Spain, while in France it is 5.6, and in Italy it does not reach 4.

Other countries in Europe have rather high vaccination rates: for example, in Serbia it exceeds 14, as in Malta despite being one of the smallest countries in the EU; in Denmark it exceeds 8, and the UK affirms that 30 out of 100 of its inhabitants are already vaccinated. However, both these figures and those of Turkey are very far from Israel and the United Arab Emirates, which with 85 and 56 percent respectively are the countries with the highest vaccination rates in the world.