Turkey is closely following developments in the wake of the emergence of the new COVID-19 strain, Omicron, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, adding that the current situation does not necessitate taking additional measures.
He recalled that Turkey immediately acted after the new variant was detected in the world and imposed travel bans on certain countries.
Turkey is not presently considering imposing lockdowns or other stricter measures despite the emergence of the new COVID-19 strain, Omicron, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said, renewing calls for the public to get vaccinated and adhere to basic anti-virus rules, noting that millions of people are still not fully protected.
BioNTech has begun work on a vaccine specifically for the new variant of the coronavirus Omicron, which was first identified in South Africa.
The development of an adapted vaccine is part of the standard procedure.
The first steps for a possible new vaccine are carried out in parallel with the assessment of whether one will be needed after the advent of Omicron.