Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has received the first dose of Sinovac's Covid-19 vaccine, hours after the country began its inoculation drive with the health workers first in line.
Ankara is receiving 50 million doses of the SinoVac vaccine and also plans to purchase up to 30 million doses of German-based BioNTech's coronavirus vaccine.
Turkish Health Minister Koca says a delay of "one to two" days is expected in the delivery of vaccines scheduled to arrive in Turkey on December 28.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says vaccination will be carried out later this month with healthcare workers, citizens above 65 and people living in homes for the elderly to be vaccinated first.
Announcing the development, Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said all processes including antigen generation had been carried out completely under domestic conditions.
Health Minister Fahrettin Koca says the number of asymptomatic cases will be declared from October 15.
Turkish Health Minister Koca says a Pfizer vaccine trial is also in the works and Russia's application to conduct Phase III trials in Turkey is being evaluated.
The total number of registered coronavirus cases in Turkey rose to 182,727 as 1,429 more people tested positive for the virus, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.
Covid-19 has now killed over 439,000 people worldwide since the outbreak started in China last year, according to tracking websites. Here are the developments for June 16:
Turkish citizens were allowed to go out on the weekend in fifteen cities, for the first time in months. They took advantage of the summer sun and enjoyed their newfound freedom amidst the pandemic.
The Turkish Health Ministry said in a statement that Health Minister Fahrettin Koca held a video conference call with his Russian counterpart Mikhail Murashko.
President Erdogan inaugurates new emergency hospital in Istanbul named after Dr Murat Dilmener, a Turkish doctor and academic who died from coronavirus on May 3.
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