Turkey Pledges 15m Covid Vaccine Doses for Africa

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The President of Turkey, Reycep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed that his country will give Africa 15 million Covid-19 vaccine doses

He stated this on Saturday at a major summit of African leaders.

The President added that the low vaccination rates there was a blot on humanity.

“We are aware of the global injustice in accessing the Covid-19 vaccine and Africa’s unjust treatment,” Erdogan said.

“It is disgraceful for humanity that only six per cent of Africa’s population has been vaccinated.”

Turkey is developing its vaccine, known as Turkovac, which is in the process of receiving emergency use approval.

It was not immediately clear from his remarks whether Turkey would first send some doses of the internationally approved vaccines it was currently using, including those developed by Pfizer-BioNTech.

“To contribute to the resolution of this issue, within our means, we plan to share 15 million vaccine doses in the period ahead,” he said.