One of the key objectives of Turkey’s national strategy was to ensure the adequate supply of personal protective equipment and enable the healthcare system to operate to its full capacity.
For this purpose, the administration:
In cooperation with leading producers, ensured the adequate supply of ethanol, cologne and disinfectants as well as secured guarantees against price hikes due to high demand.
Banned the export of personal protective equipment, including surgical masks, and ventilators.
To maximize testing capacity, increased the number of designated COVID-19 test centers from four to 36.
In cooperation with the Ministry of National Education, the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of National Defense, instructed vocational and technical high schools, military workshops and correctional facilities to produce surgical masks and other personal protective equipment.
In cooperation with the Ministry of Industry and Technology, launched an effort to develop a coronavirus vaccine.
In cooperation with the private sector, facilitated the serial production of Turkish-made ventilators.
Ordered all hospitals with no less than two infectious disease specialists, pulmonologists, internal medicine specialists and clinical microbiologists to serve as ‘pandemic hospitals’.