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Turkey wants 50 million people vaccinated by summer

Turkey’s Health Minister offered data on coronavirus vaccination plans. By the end of April, 25 million people will be vaccinated.

Turkey wants to buy 100 million doses of coronavirus vaccines and have 50 of its 83 million inhabitants vaccinated by the time summer arrives, the country’s Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said yesterday, coinciding with the start of vaccinations in the United Kingdom.

Speaking to Turkish media, the minister affirmed that Turkey will not make any payment for the vaccine from the Chinese biopharmaceutical company Sinovac until the phase III tests of said vaccine, of which it has acquired 50 million doses, have been successfully completed. “If we are not satisfied with the results, we will not pay for the Chinese vaccine. We have this condition in our agreement. We are the only country that has been able to negotiate with them. We have the right not to pay,” he said.

In this sense, Koca highlighted the intense efforts of the Turkish government to obtain vaccines: “We have held many meetings with companies. Only Sinovac and Astra Zeneca / Oxford gave us guarantees that they would deliver the vaccines in the time we asked.” “The British company had problems with the results, so we gave up buying them. But the door is still open, they still want to sell us,” said the minister, who recalled that the Astra Zeneca vaccine is the cheapest at a price of only $4 per dose.

Koca also compared Turkey’s vaccination targets with other countries; Thus, for example, while Germany plans to have injected 11 million doses of the vaccine against COVID-19 by the end of April (5.5 million vaccinated, since two doses are necessary), Turkey plans to have vaccinated 25 millions of people by then. Also for the month of April, the Turkish vaccine against the coronavirus is expected to be ready.

“I say this openly: our goal is to obtain 100 million doses by the end of April. Then comes summer; before summer, we intend to have vaccinated 50 million people. It is our obligation to reach that figure,” declared the Minister of Health of Turkey, who when asked about the Pfizer vaccine insisted that there are negotiations to buy 25 million doses from them, although there is still no agreement on the delivery time.