ANKARA, June 19 (Reuters) – Turkey has 5 million more cans of China’s Sinovac. developed COVID-19 vaccine (SVA.O)The state news agency Anadolu announced on Saturday when President Tayyip Erdogan expressed hope for a recovery in the tourism sector.
Turkey’s vaccination program accelerated this week, with more than 1 million injections given a day since Monday.
Turkey’s tourism sector is on the brink of a second summer due to international travel restrictions but could get a late boost if the vaccination pace continues and COVID-19 cases, now around 6,000 a day, are curbed.
Erodgan told members of his ruling AK party on Saturday in the summer resort of Antalya that easing restrictions in countries like Germany and Russia could give a big boost.
“Countries that are vital to our tourism sector have started to ease travel restrictions. As of Tuesday, God willing, Russia will lift the ban,” Erdogan said, referring to Russia’s decision to resume flights to Turkey .
“Now tourists from Russia will flock to Antalya. Germany has also lifted (measures). There are some problems with the UK but I met with (Prime Minister) Boris Johnson and, God willing, they will lift the restrictions too, ”he said, adding that France would also consider easing the restrictions.
On Monday Erdogan held talks at the NATO summit in Brussels with the heads of state and government of Germany, France and Great Britain, among other things, to discuss tourism, among other things. On Saturday he said that these talks are “bearing fruit”.
“We’re taking all measures. Last year we closed the year with 16 million tourists, hopefully we’ll get a better level this year,” he said.
Reporting by Tuvan Gumrukcu; Editing by Christina Fincher
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