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Over 16M coronavirus vaccine doses administered in Turkey

BURSA, TURKEY - FEBRUARY 18: Health workers who continue to work as part of the fight against the new type of coronavirus COVID-19 in Bursa, serve in houses of the citizens living in rural neighborhoods and cannot reach the hospital to vaccinate them despite adverse weather conditions, in a village located on the foothills of Mount Uludag in Bursa, Turkey on February 18, 2021. On Jan. 14, Turkey began a mass COVID-vaccination campaign, starting with healthcare workers along with top officials to encourage public confidence in the vaccines. ( Sergen Sezgin - Anadolu Agency )
Health workers who continue to work as part of the fight against the new type of coronavirus COVID-19 in Bursa, serve in houses of the citizens living in rural neighborhoods and cannot reach the hospital to vaccinate them despite adverse weather conditions, in a village located on the foothills of Mount Uludag in Bursa, Turkey on February 18, 2021 [Sergen Sezgin - Anadolu Agency]

Turkey has so far administered more than 16.6 million coronavirus vaccine jabs across the country, the nation's health minister announced on Saturday, Anadolu Agency reports.

"Among the countries which have yet to produce their own vaccine, Turkey stands as one of the states that conducts the most jabs," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

"We rank sixth among countries with the highest number of vaccines," he said. "The countries that give more vaccines than us are the US, China, India, the UK, and Brazil."

According to the Health Ministry data, since Turkey began a mass COVID-vaccination campaign on Jan. 14, more than 9.5 million people to date have received their first doses, while second doses have been given to over 7.13 million.

In the face of rising case and fatality numbers, Turkey announced the return of weekend curfews in high-risk areas, as well as other restrictions, in addition to special measures for the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Since December 2019, the pandemic has claimed over 2.84 million lives in 192 countries and regions, according to figures compiled by the US' Johns Hopkins University. Over 130.5 million cases have been reported worldwide, with recoveries now nearing 74 million.

READ: Turkey begins administering Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 shots

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