Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced yesterday that the number of Delta variant cases had increased to 224. The number of provinces where the variant was seen increased from 16 to 26.
Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine Public Health Specialist and Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Levent Akin, drew attention to the fact that the Delta variant, which has recently emerged from India, has spread especially in England, Germany and Russia.
Akın said that Turkey is trying to take preventive measures in the early period by looking at the countries where the variant is common.
2nd dose in BIONTECH AFTER 4 WEEKS
prof. Dr. Levent Akın announced that the time between the first and second doses of BioNTech vaccines has been reduced to 4 weeks again.
Akın said that he made a risk assessment because of Turkey’s international relations and human mobility, especially because of Russia.
Stating that the vaccination period was reduced to 4 weeks instead of 6 weeks because the vaccine supply was sufficient, Prof. Dr. Akın said, “In this way, protection will be provided by taking the second dose in a shorter time.”
”It also prevents hospitalization and severe cases”
Pointing out the effect of 2 doses of BioNTech vaccine against the British variant Alpha and the Indian variant Delta, Akın said, “There is published information on this subject; those who have 2 doses of BioNTech vaccine are related to hospitalization, severe cases, whether British variant Alpha or Indian variant delta. “The effects are the same. It prevents hospitalization and severe cases,” he said.
DELTA VARIANT DESCRIPTION
Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Akın explained that in studies conducted in England, the group in which the Delta variant spreads was mainly those who were not vaccinated.
Stating that there is no 100 percent vaccination in any country in the world at the moment, Akın said, “There are 30-35 percent unvaccinated groups in England. The delta variant is spreading rapidly in this group. Do those who have been vaccinated not have the Delta variant? There is room; but the main weight came before those who were not vaccinated,” he said.