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Turkey administers over 66.1 M COVID-19 vaccine shots so far

Turkey administers over 66.1 M COVID-19 vaccine shots so far
More than 39M people receive 1st dose, over 22M fully vaccinated

By Faruk Zorlu and Burak Dag

ANKARA (AA) - Turkey has administered over 66.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines since it launched a mass vaccination campaign in January, according to figures released on Sunday.

The country continues its intensive vaccination campaign to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and all residents aged 18 and over are eligible for vaccine shots.

According to the Health Ministry, over 39.48 million people have received their first dose, while over 22.86 million are fully vaccinated.

To date, 63.61% of the adult population has received at least one vaccine dose, with a total of 223,837 coronavirus tests done over the past day.

The ministry also confirmed 14,230 new infections and 55 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, while as many as 5,211 more patients recovered.

On July 1, Turkey entered a normalization phase, lifting almost all virus-related restrictions amid a nationwide drop in cases and an expedited vaccination drive.

However, seeking to limit the spread of the virus' Delta variant, the country has suspended flights from India, where the strain first appeared.

Arrivals from the UK, Iran, Egypt, and Singapore are also required to have negative COVID-19 test results within 72 hours before their departure.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 4.15 million lives in 192 countries and regions, with more than 193.94 million cases reported, according to the US' Johns Hopkins University.

source: News Feed
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