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Turkey Expands COVID-19 Inoculation Campaign

Turkey Expands COVID-19 Inoculation Campaign

Thursday, 21 January, 2021 - 12:45
FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2020 file photo, a health worker administers the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine currently on phase III clinical trials to Cem Gun, an Emergency Medicine Physician, at the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel, file)

Turkey on Thursday expanded its COVID-19 inoculation campaign to include people aged 85 and older.


The country of 83 million rolled out its vaccination drive a week ago, starting with health care workers as well as nursing home residents and their care-givers.


More than 1 million people received the first of two doses of the vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac pharmaceutical company in the first week.


On Thursday, the more frail among those aged 85 and above were receiving their shots at home, while others made their way to health centers.


Turkey has so far received 3 million doses of the Sinovac vaccine, The Associated Press reported.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Turkey is scheduled to receive between 25 and 30 million more doses, although there has been no word on when the additional doses will arrive.


Turkey has reported close to 2.4 million infections and more than 24,000 deaths since March.


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