Stars and Stripes stripes.com 13 Jan, 2021 18:00 am

Turkey approves emergency use of China-based Sinovac vaccine

Turkey approves emergency use of China-based Sinovac vaccine
The country's health minister and members of the country's scientific advisory council received the first shots live on television, soon after the health regulatory authority, the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency, announced it had given its approval.

The first shipment Sinovac vaccine, consisting of 3 million doses, arrived in Turkey late last month.Turkey is scheduled to receive a total of 50 million doses.5 million doses of the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech, with an option to procure 30 million more doses later, although President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that talks with BioNTech were ongoing.on Wednesday, paving the way for the rollout for Turkey's vaccination program starting with health care workers and other high-risk groups.

" Koca said Turkey's vaccination program would begin Thursday, starting with health care workers.About 12,450 volunteers, including 1,500 health care workers, are involved in the late-stage clinical trials.

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