President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan stood in front of the cameras with members of the Kulliye Scientific Council. Erdogan announced to Turkey the decisions taken at the meeting of the scientific committee, which met for the last time.
Here are the titles of Erdogan’s statements:
I would like to express my gratitude for the services you have rendered to our nation and state since the outbreak of the coronavirus outbreak. As we know, the last 2 years of our world have passed under the shadow of this epidemic. This process, which began as a threat to health, has turned into an all-out crisis affecting all areas.
We have had to rearrange the ordinary course of our lives according to the situation we are facing, and each of the countries has been engaged in the fight against the epidemic to their capacity and capabilities.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE DELEGATION
We have seen that huge states have entered the race to collect masks at airports and border crossings. Turkey was one of the few countries that could survive all these ordeals. I would also like to congratulate this delegation, which led an exemplary fight for existence in the world with our health infrastructures, which were not crushed under the heavy burden to which they were exposed, and our healthcare professionals, we had to sacrifice witness.
Of course, by the way, I will also name some of our teachers who are very important to us, and we bid them farewell to eternity. We see our hospitals, named after our teachers who lost their lives in the epidemic, such as the late Cemil Taşçıoğlu, Murat Dilmener and Feriha Öz, as symbols of this struggle.
WE HAVE NOT AUTHORIZED LIABILITY
While people’s access to health facilities is limited in other countries, we opened more than 16,000 new beds in municipal hospitals and public hospitals during the epidemic period alone. While waging the most effective fight against the epidemic, we have never allowed any weakness in meeting social needs. We have supported our people with practices such as loyalty groups.
As in all fields, our guide and our most important source of energy in the fight against the epidemic have been the efforts of our scientists, the light of science. The World Health Organization has also been following this process closely and has clearly recorded its appreciation on its platforms. It is not easy to meet the expectations of citizens in times of crisis, to ensure that the decisions taken are followed and to manage their possible effects. As a government, we have tried to bring together scientific data and social expectations at the highest level. We are here today with the peace of mind that we have assumed our responsibility to our nation by bringing our country out of this painful period alive. At the start of the epidemic, there were uncertainties caused by the encounter with an unknown, unrecognized virus, the consequences of which were unpredictable.
WE HAVE SIGNED MANY SUCCESSES
We have brought the fight to the fore by bringing all the methods developed in the world to our country in the fastest possible way to protect our citizens against the virus. We have developed our knowledge by analyzing our own data. Thanks to the efforts of our scientists, we have achieved many successes together, from household ventilators to diagnostic kits, to the production of medicines and vaccines. We are one of 9 countries that can produce their own vaccine.
WE REACH THE TARGET QUICKLY
We have provided medical assistance to 160 countries and 12 international organizations around the world. The world, especially the developed countries, has shown an approach that will not be forgotten in this regard. As Turkey, the lesson we have learned from this process is that it is imperative that we become self-sufficient in health infrastructure and services, as in other areas. We will achieve this goal quickly.
On behalf of our nation, I would like to express my gratitude to our esteemed scientists who have devoted almost all of their work over the past 2 years to fighting the epidemic without expecting any financial reward. We will never forget the services rendered by our army of 1,300,000 health.
MASK BAN LIFTED
With the epidemic no longer a mass threat, almost all European countries have lifted restrictions. We believe that our country has also reached this stage. In fact, these issues were assessed at the Coronavirus Scientific Committee meeting held today.
As part of the measures against the coronavirus, the obligation to use masks in enclosed spaces, which has been in force for about 3 years, has been completely abolished. The use of masks only in public transport vehicles and health facilities will continue for some time until the number of cases drops below a thousand.
RECOMMENDED DOSES ARE RECOMMENDED
The recommendation of our scientific committee is that those who have a chronic illness, a suspected illness and contact with risk groups should continue to use masks. Here again, our Scientific Committee recommends that all our fellow citizens, in particular those with chronic illnesses and the elderly, not to neglect the booster doses of vaccines, which are our greatest asset against the epidemic. Our own vaccine, which has been proven effective, is particularly recommended for booster doses of Turkovac. For this, family health centers and vaccination centers in public hospitals will continue their activities to meet the needs. The free distribution of corona virus medicines produced in our country to our citizens will continue. Current technologies and treatments will also be closely monitored. I wish a healthy, safe, peaceful and prosperous future for all of humanity, especially our own citizens.
MOST IMPORTANT MEETING
Minister Koca made a statement in the morning: “Let’s not leave the right decisions to Wednesday, let’s meet on Tuesday. The scientific committee is holding its scheduled meeting today,” he said.
SCIENTIFIC COMMITTEE AGENDA
At the meeting, the roadmap for the new era regarding the epidemic was mapped out. Decisions on the use of masks, especially in schools and public transport, were on the agenda of the meeting.
Minister Koca, in his earlier statement, said he would hold one of the most important meetings of the Scientific Council.
“There will be important decisions to be made in this direction, including the mask, including the use of masks in schools. In the coming period, we are entering a period where personal measures will come into play, not with restrictions, but more like the flu,” Koca said.