Turkey’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board to convene today

Turkey’s Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board to convene today

Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board will convene to discuss the timeline for Covid-19 vaccine distribution on Wednesday under the chairmanship of Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

The meeting will be held at 17:00 o’clock via videoconference, according to the Health Ministry.

The mass COVID-vaccination campaign, which was started with healthcare staff on January 13, will be discussed in the meeting.

After covering 1.1 million healthcare workers, the vaccination programme has moved on to essential workers and people aged 75 and older.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca became the first person in the country to get the Chinese Sinovac vaccine after Turkey's health authorities approved CoronaVac for emergency use against the coronavirus.

After the meeting, Koca is expected to make a written statement after the meeting.

The Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board of Turkey is a group of medical scientists set up by the Ministry of Health to develop measures in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Turkey that are imposed by the government.

The Scientific Advisory Board was set up on 10 January 2020 following the emergence of the coronavirus outbreak, before the World Health Organization confirmed it mid-March as a pandemic.

The board consists of 26 members, including 21 university professors and 4 medical experts specialized in Pulmonology, Infectious Diseases, Clinical Microbiology, and a legal advisor.

The number of board members increased later to 31 with the joining of expert academics in virology, internal medicine, intensive care medicine. 

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