Turkey's first coronavirus vaccine was administered on Sept. 28 in Istanbul University. A 53-year-old health worker volunteered to receive the shot, and said that he hoped it would eliminate the pandemic soon.
Turkey began the final Phase III trials of an experimental Chinese coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on Sept. 16. The results of the trial will be sent the World Health Organization (WHO). The vaccine candidate being trialled in Turkey was developed by Sinovac.
An American venture capitalist who runs Moderna Therapeutics company, Noubar Afeyan, announced earlier this week that his firm had inked a deal to provide 100 million coronavirus vaccine candidates to the United States.
Positive developments in COVID-19 vaccine studies have stopped the steady increase in gold prices. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said on July 1 that their vaccines were effective in increasing recipients' antibodies.
A number of Turkish actors unions have published a guidebook concerning the conditions of actors working amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The guidebook cautions against overcrowded sets and says that all employees involved in the pre-production, shooting and post-production processes must not work without insurance.
Turkey has started animal trials for a COVID-19 vaccine prototype, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said. Two other vaccine studies have qualified for animal trials, the minister added.
Ege University in the western province of Izmir has completed their antigen design, which is the first step toward a DNA vaccine for the COVID-19. The Vaccine Research and Development Team at Ege University will be developing a vaccine with the antigen, which they hope to start testing on animals soon, Medicine Faculty's Mert Döşkaya said.
Three universities in Turkey's capital Ankara entered the worldwide race to develop a coronavirus vaccine. The Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ), Bilkent and Hacettepe Universities have come together for the effort with support from Turkey's Scientific and Technological Research Council (TÜBİTAK). Professor Mayda Gürsel, who is leading the team, previously worked with the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on developing vaccines.
Ankara University Biotechnology Institute Director Aykut Özkul has succeeded in isolating the COVID-19 virus, which is the first step to create a vaccine and medication against it. “This is just the beginning. We are determined and ambitious. A Turkish scientist has isolated the virus!” said the institute in a tweet April 5.