Turkish Health Minister Fakhruddin Kujah announced – yesterday, Saturday – that his country has begun conducting human trials of a local vaccine against the emerging corona virus.
After a tour he conducted in the Corona vaccine laboratory in the northwestern state of Tekir Dag, Koca confirmed the success of 3 local vaccines – out of 13 – in the tests conducted on animals during the last period.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was the first person to give the Minister of Health the good news of moving the local vaccine to the stage of human trials, in a phone call between them.
For his part, the Turkish President congratulated the team of doctors and experts supervising the development of the vaccine, and expressed his wish to move to the stage of actual production of the vaccine in the near future in order to present it to the injured.
Koca confirmed the success of 3 local vaccines – out of 13 – in the tests conducted on animals during the last period (Anatolia), reaping the fruits
And the Turkish Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Warank, had stated that his country had made progress in studies to develop a vaccine for the Corona virus, and had finished testing two vaccines on animals.
This came in the minister’s statement to Anadolu Agency on September 27, in which he listed information about the progress of Turkish studies to find a vaccine for the virus.
“Turkey has started reaping the fruits of studies finding the Corona vaccine, and the phase of animal testing for the two vaccines has ended,” Warank reported.
He added, “We have submitted a request to the Turkish Ministry of Health, and after the necessary evaluation and approval of the facilities related to the experimental production of these vaccines, we want to start human trials.”
He continued, “We started work on finding a vaccine before the virus entered Turkey, and the first stage was the establishment of a platform led by the Turkish Scientific and Technological Research Foundation (TUBITAK).”
The Turkish President congratulated the team of doctors and experts supervising the development of the vaccine (Anatolia). The minister explained that “under this platform, studies of developing vaccines and medicines continued intensively, and we began to reap the fruits of our studies, as our scientists were able to produce the anti-viral drug“ Favipiravir ” Which is currently produced by a Turkish pharmaceutical company. “
He concluded by saying that “studies are continuing very intensively. I hope that we will obtain important results regarding both the vaccine and the drug in the coming period.”
On June 12, Warnak said that Turkish scientists were able to produce a local version of the drug “Faviravir”, which is used effectively in treating people with Coronavirus.