Turkey to Leave Pandemic Behind Soon

Turkey has administered more than 1.53 million coronavirus vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, the country’s health minister Fahrettin Koca announced on June 19. Also, "The number of vaccine doses have been shot until midnight is 1.53 million doses," Fahrettin Koca added on Twitter.

More than 40.40 million doses have been administered since the country launched a mass vaccination campaign in January and an excess of 26.11 million people have received their first doses, while more than 14.28 million have been fully vaccinated, Health Ministry data showed.

Turkey will overcome the COVID-19 pandemic soon with its mass vaccination campaign, said the country's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan on June 20. “At a time when supplying vaccines was very difficult, we are running a fast vaccination schedule thanks to the connections we have made in a timely manner. We have some setbacks, but we have also overcome these delays. We are in good shape right now. I hope we will overcome this calamity soon,” he said. 

Erdoğan said the domestic vaccination studies are continuing and added “Currently, the rate of infection has dropped seriously. But we need to decrease this rate further. The number of cases is around 5,000 per day. We think this is too much. The number of daily deaths is around 50; we don't want this either,” Erdoğan said.

“It is our hope that we will both decrease the number of cases to double digits and decrease the number of deaths to single digits,” he said, adding vaccination is the greatest tool to achieve that.

Turkey to further ease virus restrictions as of July

On June 1, Turkey eased some measures to fight the virus as the number of virus cases in the country dropped following a 17-day lockdown. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on June 21 that Turkey was further relaxing restrictions imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. 

Following a cabinet meeting, Erdogan announced the lifting from July 1 of lockdowns that had been imposed on Sundays and curfews after 19:00 GMT on weekdays. Turkey will also return to normal working order in public institutions, organizations as of July 1, he added. Intercity travel restrictions and restrictions on urban public transport will also be lifted in July.

Erdoğan stressed that Turkey is the country that has administered vaccine doses to the largest share of its population over the last week. "As of today, the number of vaccine doses that we administered approached 43 million," he said, adding that he wants to ensure that Turkey is one of the first countries to overcome the pandemic crisis with the least harm.

"Although the problems in the world will continue for a while due to new variants of the virus, Turkey will successfully leave this process behind," he vowed.