CoronaVac has come beneath rising scrutiny after Brazilian researchers discovered it to be simply greater than 50 p.c efficient.
Turkish medical doctors and nurses rolled up their sleeves on Thursday because the nation of 83 million individuals launched a mass coronavirus vaccination drive with China’s Sinovac jab.
Well being Minister Fahrettin Koca acquired the primary shot of CoronaVac stay on tv after formally approving the vaccine on Wednesday regardless of contradictory information about its efficacy fee.
Preliminary research involving greater than 7,000 volunteers in Turkey confirmed CoronaVac to be 91.25 p.c efficient.
The shot, nonetheless, got here beneath scrutiny from regulators after the most recent information from Brazil confirmed it to be just more than 50 percent effective – barely above the benchmark that the World Well being Group mounted for a vaccine to be efficient for common use.
The earlier week, Brazilian researchers mentioned it was 78 p.c efficient nevertheless it revised that determine saying it didn’t embrace all the information from scientific trials.
A 3rd trial in Indonesia pointed to a 65.3 p.c success fee, additional elevating issues about transparency from the Chinese language producers.
The Beijing-based pharmaceutical firm has defended the jab saying it’s nonetheless secure to be used.
‘A hope for everyone’
Turkish tv was plastered with photographs on Thursday of healthcare employees receiving their first doses as officers tried to boost consciousness and acceptance of the vaccine.
Greater than 2.3 million individuals have been contaminated by the coronavirus in Turkey and greater than 23,000 have died.
After masking 1.1 million healthcare employees, the vaccination programme will transfer on to important employees and other people aged 65 and older.
“The final two months have been very vital in Turkey, that’s the reason that is hope for everybody,” mentioned Al Jazeera’s Sinem Koseoglu, reporting from a public hospital in Istanbul the place the well being employees got the vaccine.
“The scientific outcomes that Brazil revealed raised issues among the many public. Nonetheless, in accordance with the polls right here, a minimum of 41 p.c of Turkish individuals are prepared to have the vaccine.”
Professor Recep Demirhan, chief doctor at an Istanbul hospital, assured the general public over the vaccine’s security whereas receiving a shot.
“Our residents mustn’t fear,” he advised reporters. “We have now performed preliminary testing of all vaccines coming to Turkey and they’re secure.”
Turkey has signed up for 50 million doses of CoronaVac of which 20 million are because of arrive by the top of the month.
The official Anadolu Company reported Turkey additionally despatched 20,000 doses to the breakaway state of Northern Cyprus.
In December, Turkey additionally reached a deal to obtain 4.5 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine by late March.
Officers hope to obtain as much as 30 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, though talks are nonetheless ongoing.