As of today, January 15, at 11:30 in the morning, the vaccination program against Covid-19 disease started in the occupied areas by the medical staff. With the supply of the first batch of Sinovac vaccines from Turkey, the vaccination of five thousand health personnel began. Turkish leader Ersin Tatar was the first to be vaccinated, followed by “Prime Minister” Ersan Saner and “Health Minister” Ali Pilli. Vaccinations have begun at the new hospital in occupied Nicosia, although it has not yet been fully operational.
The total number of the first batch of Chinese vaccine is twenty thousand, while the goal according to Ersan Saner is to reach the occupied five hundred thousand doses of vaccine and to vaccinate 200 thousand people. The “Minister of Health” of the occupied Ali Pilli also stated today, shortly before he arrived for vaccination, that next Monday the first thousand doses of Pfizer vaccines will finally arrive in the occupied territories.
One thousand doses for five days
In the meantime, according to KYPE, which hosts statements by the Greek Technical Committee for Health, Leonidas Fylahtou, the reason that instead of two thousand as originally planned, the Turkish Cypriots will eventually receive a thousand doses, is technical, as the These vaccines need a constant low temperature of -70 degrees Celsius, and there is no suitable equipment for transport. For this reason, the other 1000 doses will be stored under the appropriate conditions until the time comes for their use for the second dose for 1000 people, he clarified. “Once the appropriate means of transport is found, they will probably be given to the Turkish Cypriots earlier,” he added.
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