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Nearly 73.82 millon doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Turkey

Nearly 73.82 millon doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Turkey

Almost 73.82 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered in Turkey since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in January, according to figures released on Monday.

The country continues its intensive vaccination campaign to curb the spread of coronavirus, as everyone age 18 and over is now eligible for vaccine shots.

According to the Health Ministry, over 41.15 million people have gotten their first dose, while more than 27.62 million are fully vaccinated.

Turkey is also administering third COVID-19 vaccine booster shots, and over 5 million such doses have been given.

To date, 66.28% of the country’s adult population has received at least one dose of the two-step vaccines.

The ministry also confirmed 22,898 new infections and 91 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, while as many as 5,947 more patients recovered.

Amid a nationwide drop in cases and an expedited vaccination drive, Turkey entered a new normalization phase on July 1, lifting almost all virus-related restrictions.

However, seeking to limit the spread of the Delta variant, the country suspended flights from India and required arrivals from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore to have negative COVID-19 test results taken within 72 hours prior.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed nearly 4.23 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with some 198.6 million cases reported, according to the US’ Johns Hopkins University.