Fahrettin Koca

Blast at apartment building in Turkey’s capital leaves 2 dead, 4 wounded

An explosion early on Nov. 19 in an apartment building in Turkey's capital has left two people dead and four others wounded, an official said. 

Speaking to reporters at the site in Keçiören district, Ankara Governor Vasip Şahin said a child and her father were killed in the blast, which caused part of the building to collapse.

Over 80 percent of adult population double jabbed

A little more than 80 percent of people aged 18 and above have been given two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine in Turkey, but some provinces are still lagging behind in the jab drive, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said.

Nearly 50 million adults in the country have been double jabbed since the country started vaccinating people against the coronavirus in January.

Minister calls on public to help give jab drive momentum

Turkey's health minister has pleaded vaccinated people in the country's nine provinces help authorities persuade the unvaccinated to get the COVID-19 jab.

"Please contact your friends, acquaintances…to convince them to get the vaccine so that we can increase the vaccination rates in those provinces…Help overcome vaccine hesitancy," Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter on Nov. 14.

Turkey to give booster shots to all adults: Minister

Turkey will offer booster shots of the COVID-19 vaccine to all its citizens aged 18 and older starting on Nov. 11, the country's Health Minister has announced.

Speaking after the Health Ministry's Science Board meeting held on Nov. 11, Fahrettin Koca reminded that the country was already giving the third dose of the vaccine to those who are aged above 60.