Turkey has signed a contract to buy 50 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday.
“We have signed a contract for 50 million doses of vaccines to be delivered in the months of December, January and February,” Koca told a news conference.
Sinovac’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine CoronaVac triggered a quick immune response, but the level of antibodies produced was lower than in people who had recovered from the virus, preliminary trial results showed.
CoronaVac and four other experimental vaccines developed in China are in late-stage trials to determine their effectiveness.
Speaking in Ankara after a coronavirus science council meeting, Koca said Turkey is also in talks with other vaccine developers.
“The important thing here for us to start using vaccines which are known to be effective and reliable...I think the vaccination calendar could start on December 11,” Koca also said.
Coronavirus: Chinese city offers Sinovac vaccine at $60 for emergency useA Chinese city is offering Sinovac Biotech’s experimental COVID-19 vaccine to essential workers and other high-risk groups as part of a national ... Coronavirus
Coronavirus vaccine tested on 90 pct of China’s Sinovac employees, families, says CEOAbout 90 percent of Sinovac Biotech Ltd employees and their families have taken an experimental coronavirus vaccine developed by the Chinese firm ... Coronavirus
China’s Sinovac coronavirus vaccine approved for emergency use: SourceSinovac Biotech Ltd’s coronavirus vaccine candidate CoronaVac was approved for emergency use as part of a program in China to vaccinate high-risk ... Coronavirus