Over 700,000 doses of the BioNtech-Pfizer vaccines have arrived in Turkey from Germany adding up to 1.4 million doses in total, Health Minister Koca said Wednesday, as Turkey reported almost 30,000 new cases on the same day.
In a statement on Twitter, Koca said 5,800 doses of the vaccine arrived in the country last week for testing purposes and 750,000 doses arrived on Tuesday.
“Safety tests are underway and the vaccines will be administered, starting next week, to citizens whose turns have come,” Koca said.
The minister noted that over 1.4 million doses of the vaccine have arrived so far and will be used in the country for the first time.
“It will be administered in all centers with the suitable storage capabilities,” Koca added.
Turkey plans to increase the number of people vaccinated in the coming weeks by adding a Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to its vaccine stock and try to convince 9% among those who were not vaccinated yet to receive a jab. The country has administered more than 13.8 million doses so far to its citizens, with more than 5.6 million people receiving their second shot since January.