Turkey’s response to the vaccination was nothing short of incredible.
As of this week, Turkey has given 58 million doses of covid vaccine in a coronavirus campaign. More than 17 million people have now received both doses, but the country has a long way to go, especially with the threat of new variants in the air.
However, experts warn that obstacles lie ahead: the new variant of Delta poses a serious threat, and the summer holidays and Eid al-Adha will send people moving around the country, slowing down the vaccination schedule and sending the virus between locations.
About 300,000 doses are currently given daily in Turkey. And while the older people are waiting in line for the blow, the younger Turks are more restrained. Data from the health department show that the lowest vaccination centers are concentrated in eastern and southeastern Turkey.
Officials now believe the number of infections will increase by the end of the month, and that the Delta variant could account for four out of 10 cases, thanks to a trip brought by the summer holidays and Eid al-Adha.
The government has said no new restrictions will be introduced during the summer months. However, mandatory masks, social distancing and follow-up measures remain in place.
But authorities are concerned that the number of cases could rise to as high as 7,000 a day, which requires other measures before schools start in September to bring the spread of the coronavirus under control.