Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca settled on the COVID-19 vaccine produced in China over other alternatives, daily Hürriyet columnist Prof. Osman Müftüoğlu reported on Oct. 26, following a meeting with the minister.
"Minister Koca is thinking of starting with the Chinese 'CoronaVac' because it has fewer side effects," Müftüoğlu said. "He made the necessary contracts."
The professor said that five million vaccines from China would be put into circulation in December, and that supplies of five million vaccines would be released from there on out.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry is still negotiating with Germany-based Pfizer-BioNTech for their vaccine, and that their product would also be ready soon.
Minister Koca reportedly said that some 16 Turkish companies' vaccine trials were progressing and that domestic supply would become available after April.Turkey begins Phase III trials of Chinese COVID-19 vaccineTurkey in talks with Germany, China, Russia on vaccine trials