Turkey's Koç University presented a new research center that will work on vaccines and treatments for infectious diseases including for COVID-19, funded by commercial İşbank for an annual budget over five million Turkish Liras. The new center will also work on diagnosis and public health.
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) members noted that the announcement of the Turkish COVID-19 drug was unusually fast, and the information about the drug itself was unfounded. Meanwhile, one member said that the country was far from having overcome the outbreak, which he said was evident in the inconsistency of new numbers of cases each day.
Turkish scientists have produced a domestic reproduction of Favipiravir, widely used to treat COVID-19. Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said that once the drug was registered and mass produced, it would also be exported.
Turkey will send medical aid to Israel and Palestine to help them battle coronavirus, Presidential Spokesman İbrahim Kalın said on Sunday. He added that Armenia’s medicine demand was also approved by President Erdoğan.
Turkey's Health Minister Fahrettin Koca has said that the country has stockpiled around 1 million boxes of a drug used to treat coronavirus patients, but did not disclose the name of the medicine. He also announced that the country's death toll from the virus rose by 76 to total 725 and new confirmed cases rose by 3,892 to bring the total to 34,109.