Erdogan says Turkey plans to complete COVID-19 vaccination in May or June

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey plans to complete its nationwide vaccination program against the COVID-19 pandemic in May or June.

“We hope that this process will be completed in May or June, and we will be able to enter the summer season much more comfortably,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul after Friday prayers.

Turkey launched its vaccination program in mid-January with the COVID-19 vaccines developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech.

The Turkish leader said his country also received 1.4 million doses from Germany-based BioNTech on Wednesday as part of a procurement deal of 10 million doses, and negotiations continue with Russia to buy Russian COVID-19 vaccines.

Erdogan noted that the studies of locally produced vaccines and drugs against the coronavirus are going on uninterrupted.

So far, more than 14.6 million vaccines have been administered in total across Turkey, according to the latest data released on the Health Ministry’s website on Friday.