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Health workers first in line as Turkey launches Sinovac vaccine rollout

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Turkey began administering COVID-19 shots developed by China's Sinovac to health workers on Thursday, as it rolls out a nationwide vaccination programme against the disease that has killed more than 23,000 people in the country.Turkey has reported more than 2.3 million infections since March and still reports around 10,000 new cases and 170 deaths each day after a month of weekend lockdowns and nightly curfews.At a research hospital in Istanbul, 30 clinics were set up to administer the vaccine.

Health workers were given a first dose, with a second to be given 28 days later.Surgeon General Nurettin Yiyit said the hospital could vaccinate around 1,800 people per day and that its 3,500 staff, including nurses and janitors, could be vaccinated.

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