Anadolu Agency is here with a rundown of the latest developments on the coronavirus pandemic and other news in Turkey and around the world.

Coronavirus and other developments in Turkey

Turkey has administered more than 117.8 million coronavirus vaccine doses since launching a mass immunization campaign in January, according to official figures.

More than 55.72 million people have received their first dose, while over 49.4 million are fully vaccinated, said the Health Ministry.

The ministry also reported 27,259 new cases, while 203 additional patients died from the disease in the past 24 hours.

Turkey on Wednesday marked the 83rd anniversary of the demise of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the leader of the country’s War of Independence and founder of the Republic of Turkey.

The Turkish Coast Guard Command rescued more than 100 irregular migrants who were pushed back into Turkey’s territorial waters by Greek elements.

The Turkish parliament ratified a motion to parliament to extend the deployment of Turkish troops in Azerbaijan for one more year.

COVID-19 updates worldwide

More than 7.34 billion coronavirus vaccine doses have been administered worldwide, according to Our World in Data, a tracking website affiliated with Oxford University.

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) started to evaluate whether the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine could be given to children aged six to 11.

Germany hit its highest daily number of coronavirus cases since the pandemic began last year, pushing authorities to consider tighter measures.

Russia recorded another record number of daily COVID-19 deaths, with 1,239 fatalities over the past day, raising the tally to 250,454.

Spain’s National Statistics Institute revealed that the true death toll in the country from COVID-19 in 2020 was much higher than the Health Ministry’s official figures.

Turkey will start administering booster shots for citizens aged 18 and older beginning Thursday, said the country’s health minister.

Other global developments

Japan’s parliament re-elected Fumio Kishida as prime minister after his Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) won general elections in the country last month.

The Somali government made an urgent humanitarian appeal to the international community, seeking help to battle a severe drought in most parts of the country.

China has warned the US over what it called “provocations” after an American military aircraft carrying US lawmakers landed in Taiwan.

The German chancellor and Russian president discussed the Poland-Belarus border crisis in a phone call. Meanwhile, two Russian long-range Tu-22M3 bombers carried out a patrol in Belarusian airspace.

The United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research said that casualties due to mines and war residue explosives climbed to 7,073 in 2020, up from 5,853 in 2019, with Syria having the highest casualties.

Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven resigned, putting Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson on track to be the country’s first woman prime minister.

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