Erdoğan receives COVID-19 vaccine

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan received a COVID-19 vaccine on Thursday in a live television broadcast from Ankara City Hospital.

‘‘As part of our ongoing successful vaccination program, 254,000 healthcare workers have received their first dose of vaccines so far. I was also vaccinated’’, Erdoğan said on social media.

 

‘‘About 25 to 30 million more doses will come, we want to continue this. We aim to vaccinate all our citizens as soon as possible’’, Erdoğan said in a statement to the press after he left the hospital.

‘‘There is a schedule determined by the Scientific Committee. The quantity of the first vaccine delivery is already know, another 25 to 30 million doses of vaccine will arrive later. 256,000 people have been vaccinated so far. So, the applications are fair enough. Performance in hospitals is also pretty good. All of our doctors and nurses show an intense performance. The progress on vaccinations is fast’’, Erdoğan said.

Erdoğan urged other Turkish politicians to promote the vaccine.

Turkey has bought 50 million doses of the Chinese-made CoronaVac vaccine, three million of which have arrived in Turkey so far.

But the vaccine developed by Sinovac Biotech showed a general efficacy of less than 60 percent in clinical trials in Brazil, Reuters reported on Monday.