Fahrettin Koca

Turkey to receive first shipment of Chinese vaccine before new year: Erdoğan

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Dec. 28 Turkey would receive the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines
developed by China's Sinovac this week.

Turkey has agreed to buy 50 million doses of Sinovac's CoronaVac and had expected delivery by Dec. 11, but the shipment has faced delays.

Turkey targets vaccinating up to 35 million people by March, says health minister

Turkey targets to complete the vaccination of between 30 million to 35 million people by March in a massive inoculation drive, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, adding that this will provide "a significant relief" in the country's fight against the outbreak.

No mutated COVID-19 found in Turkey: Health minister

No specimens of the mutated novel coronavirus strain were found in Turkey in samples collected across the country, the nation's health minister announced on Dec. 26.

Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter that the strain was absent both in samples from PCR-positive cases who recently entered Turkey from affected countries nor in other samples collected in different parts of the country.

Turkey, BioNTech reach deal on COVID-19 vaccine

Turkey's health minister said his country and German company BioNTech struck a deal early on Dec. 25, and that initially, 550,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine would be sent to the country by the end of the year or early 2021 at the latest.

According to Fahrettin Koca, 4.5 million doses of the vaccine will be sent to Turkey by the end of March 2021 under the agreement.

Probe launched after fire at hospital kills at least 11 COVID-19 patients

An investigation has been launched into a fire at a private hospital in the southeastern province of Gaziantep that killed at least 11 patients in a COVID-19 intensive care unit.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the fire that occurred on Dec. 19 was caused by a high-flow oxygen therapy machine used to treat coronavirus patients.