Turkey to hold nationwide pandemic inspection as phase 3 trials of Chinese vaccine begins

Turkey’s Interior Ministry on Wednesday announced an upcoming nationwide pandemic inspection to take place in the country, as the first phase 3 trial of a Chinese vaccine for COVID-19 was launched in capital Ankara.

Governors, mayors, security forces, and other public servants will oversee the inspection targeting public spaces, including restaurants, cafes, markets, shopping centres, beauty salons, according to a circular sent to 81 provincial governor's offices by the ministry.

Authorities will pay special attention to compliance with regulations on hygiene and social distancing, the circular said.

The inspection arrives as the country registers a spike in infections and deaths linked to COVID-19, with figures soaring back to numbers registered in May, before Turkey lifted its strict pandemic restrictions.  Turkey on Tuesday announced 1,742 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total diagnosed patients to 294,620. Meanwhile, 67 people died between Monday and Tuesday night, bringing the death toll to 7,186, according to Health Ministry data.

Turkey has begun the final Phase 3 trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate on Wednesday, T24 news site reported.

The vaccine was administered to healthcare workers at Ankara’s Hacettepe university, it said.

A total of 1,200-1,300 health workers will receive the vaccine candidate, whose voluntary administration has started in Indonesia and Brazil, over the next 10 days, with a second dose arriving 14 days later, Habertürk said.