The BioNTech – Pfizer vaccine arrives in Turkey as the country is experiencing the beginning of a new wave of the pandemic.
Turkey has already received 1.4 million doses in just two days of the coronavirus vaccine developed by the German biotechnology company BioNTech and marketed by the American pharmaceutical company Pfizer, as confirmed by the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, who announced in addition that the vaccination with this vaccine will begin next week.
As Koca explained through his official Twitter profile, 700,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine arrived yesterday in Turkey, while on March 23 the country had received another 750,000; in addition, 5,800 doses of the vaccine were sent to the Turkish authorities last week for preliminary tests during two weeks before starting to administer it to the population.
“This vaccine will be used for the first time in our country. The vaccine will be administered in all the centers under the appropriate storage conditions,” explained the minister, adding that the first doses will begin to be administered from next week once laboratory tests on the effectiveness of the vaccine and its side effects have been completed.
Turkey began on January 14 its vaccination plan against COVID-19 divided into 4 phases, although until now it had only had access to the vaccine developed by the Chinese biopharmaceutical Sinovac, of which the Turkish government plans to buy 100 million doses and it has already administered 14.3 million: 8.2 million Turks have already received the first dose, while more than 6.1 million have received the second, administered 28 days later.
The doses of the vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech, whose founders – a couple descended from Turkish immigrants – received Germany’s highest award last week, come at a time when Turkey is experiencing a notable increase in positive cases of coronavirus, exceeding in the last week 20,000 a day, so several experts warn that Turkey could be suffering a new wave of the pandemic that could reach its peak in April.
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