Regarding the CHP's allegations about the Chinese vaccine, Health Minister Koca said, “In a world where there is a war for vaccines, would a manufacturer company donate vaccines to a country for free, is there a rational explanation for this? I underline, under no circumstances has an additional amount of money been given to the intermediary firm.”
Expressing that all countries are fighting against this global disease in accordance with their experiences and infrastructures Koca said, “In this regard, no country's struggle is insufficient, and no country's struggle is more successful than others.”
Stating that humanity of this era is experiencing a novel pandemic period altogether, Koca pointed out that the world is not that successful in this regard, but it is not possible to fight the pandemic through its failure.
Explaining that each country was trying to take precautions within the bounds of possibility, Koca said, “We have exerted efforts to utilize our best options and demonstrated to people who have not even heard of our country’s name that we have fought against the pandemic successfully. Undoubtedly, we have fought against this pandemic successfully thanks to the efforts and devotion of our nation and particularly our healthcare workers. Our struggle does not relieve the pain we have experienced and the prices we have paid, or the ones we might pay. Once again in your presence, I wish Allah’s mercy upon those who lost their lives and extend my condolences to our nation.”
“We are not thinking of a complete lockdown”
Over a question about Covid-19 measures, Minister Koca said, “In this sense, we do not think about a complete lockdown right now, but as we all see the cases are on the rise every day.”
Koca said, “Türkiye will initially receive 800,000 doses of the BioNTech vaccine out of 4.5 million at first, and efforts will be put to raise it to 5 million doses in total.”
Providing information about the restrictions, Koca said, "Depending on the rate of vaccination over the age of 65, restrictions could be eased in those provinces."
Minister of Health Koca stated that one Brazilian, 49 South African variants of the coronavirus have been recorded in Türkiye so far.