by cbc.ca 01/22/2021
ANKARA: While Turkey’s COVID-19 vaccination program has been under way since Jan. 13, there has been no official declaration about whether refugees, registered or unregistered, will be immunized. Turkey has so far received 3 million doses of vaccine and has vaccinated about 2 million citizens. There is, however, uncertainty as to what extent the whole population will be
Goldman Sachs said its three-month Turkish lira forecast was 7.00 to 7.50 to the dollar and said further strengthening might be constrained by central bank efforts to rebuild reserves. The lira has strengthened since early December when the central bank said it would keep monetary policy tight in the new year and was prepared to hike interest rates more if necessary to lower inflation in a lasting way. Goldman said in the note on its three-month forecast that the "currency strength may ultimately be constrained by a necessary attempt at rebuilding (foreign exchange) reserves."
An increase in intercity mobility in the ongoing three-week school break can trigger a surge in COVID-19 cases like the one Turkey experienced during the Eid al-Adha holiday in 2020 summer, Tevfik Özlü from the Coronavirus Scientific Advisory Board has warned as the hotels in ski resorts and tourism hotspots have started operating in full capacity.