Turkey expects to receive 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine by end of May

Turkey expects to receive a total of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May, said Health Minister Fahrettin Koca on March 25. The minister also noted that the country has so far administered 14 million doses of Sinovac vaccine.

Turkish health officials are seen administering the COVID-19 vaccine on a citizen.

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Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on March 25 that the country expects to receive a total of 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines by the end of May.

"As of today, we have received 10 million doses of vaccines, which will be filled in Turkey. By the end of May, we expect a total of 100 million doses of vaccines to arrive in Turkey," he said, without specifying where the additional 10 million came from.

In a statement after a meeting with his coronavirus science council, Koca also said that 1.4 million Pfizer-BioNTech jabs have so far arrived in Turkey, and the figure will reach 4.5 million by early April.

He added that an optional deal for another 30 million shots from Pfizer-BioNTech has also been made.

The minister also noted that Turkey has begun initial talks to procure the Sputnik-V vaccine from Russia. 

Turkey has until now been using COVID-19 shots developed by China's Sinovac Biotech Ltd and it has carried out 14.13 million inoculations, with 8.18 million people having received a first dose, since Jan. 14 when the nationwide rollout began.

Meanwhile, the country recorded 28,731 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data showed on March 25, continuing to rise sharply after measures to curb the pandemic were eased earlier this month.

The cumulative number of cases stood at 3,120,013, data also showed. The daily death toll of 157 brought the total death toll to 30,619.