Turkey becomes third country to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Turkey becomes third country to develop COVID-19 vaccine

Turkey has made significant progress in developing vaccines and drugs against COVID-19, in collaboration with the state and private sector and universities, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said.

"Turkey has become the third country after the U.S. and China to develop vaccines locally according to WHO," he told the inauguration ceremony of Turkey's Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBITAK)site: Centers of Excellence and Kocaeli University Health Facilities and Research Center in Gebze.

"COVID-19 Turkey Platform, founded by TÜBITAK, is currently working on eight different vaccines and 10 different medicine projects [for COVID-19]," Daily Sabah cited Erdogan as saying.

Trials on animals for two candidate vaccines have been completed. One of them even received ethical clearance and started its clinical phase on humans, the president added.

Turkey has so far confirmed 239,622 cases and 222,656 recoveries from the novel coronavirus, with the death toll standing at 5,829.

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