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Coronavirus

Booster shot cuts hospitalizations 6 to 7-fold: Turkish minister

Health chief calls China's Sinovac effective, but urges people to get 3rd dose

A nurse prepares a dose of the Sinovac's CoronaVac COVID-19 vaccine at the Sancaktepe Sehit Dr. Ilhan Varank Training and Research Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey.   © Reuters

VAN, Turkey -- A third dose of a coronavirus vaccine decreases the hospitalization rate by 6 to 7 times compared to those who have just received two Sinovac Biotech shots, Turkey's health minister announced Thursday.

So far, 15 million people in Turkey have received two doses of the Chinese Sinovac, while 9 million of them also received a third dose of a vaccine as a booster, which could be either Sinovac or the recently added Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine.

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