Turkey will receive the first shipment of China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine within days, as preliminary internal tests showed it was 91% effective, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Thursday.
Ankara will also sign an agreement with Pfizer / BioNTech for 4.5 million doses in the next few days, with the possibility of buying another 30 million from the US pharmaceutical giant and its German partner, Koca said.
Turkey will initially receive three million doses of Sinovac and will have the option to add another 50 million when vaccinations begin next month, starting with health workers and the most vulnerable.
Koca said the first shipments of the Chinese vaccine will be sent to Turkey on Sunday.
Preliminary testing of 7,371 volunteers in Turkey showed that the Chinese vaccine was 91.25% effective, although the phase three tests were not yet complete.
Turkey “will be able to vaccinate 1.5 million or even two million people a day,” Koca said, adding that the “first phase” of vaccinations would cover nine million people.
The nation of 83 million has officially recorded 19,115 deaths from Covid-19 and 2.2 million from virus infections.
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