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Turkey’s inoculation efforts to go on at full speed

Turkey’s inoculation efforts to go on at full speed

Turkey’s vaccination program will proceed as planned as the brief shortage in doses has been addressed, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday.

According to Koca, the four-day shortage in coronavirus vaccines started on July 31 and was due to manufacturing problems at BioNTech, which produces the jab.

“Our vaccines started arriving last night (Tuesday). We will be receiving around 13 million doses by Monday. We are returning to full speed in our vaccination program,” the minister wrote in a statement he shared on Twitter.

The minister’s announcement came shortly after Turkey announced more than 25,000 daily coronavirus cases and 122 deaths.

Calling the daily infection figures “far above” 20,000 – a safety threshold decided by the country’s Scientific Coronavirus Advisory Board – the minister said the vaccination program’s priority is to reach herd immunity as soon as possible.

“We are dedicated to the vaccination plan we have announced for people aged 18 and over. As of 7 p.m. today (Wednesday), we have administered 74,334,980 doses of vaccines,” he wrote.

Pointing out to the rapidly climbing infection numbers, Koca urged everyone to remain cautious even if they are fully vaccinated.