Turkey to produce Russian virus vaccine Sputnik V

Turkey to produce Russian virus vaccine Sputnik V
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Islam News – Turkish pharmaceuticals company Viscoran İlaç and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) have agreed to cooperate on the production of the coronavirus vaccine Sputnik V in Turkey.

Viscoran has carried out necessary studies for localization of the product to date and aims to launch the product in the country in the upcoming months at several facilities, the RDIF said in a statement on April 26.

As part of the agreement with RDIF, Viscoran İlaç provides assistance in establishing partnerships with other leading local pharmaceutical producers.

Technology transfer is currently being finalized with Turkish company CinnaGen İlaç, while negotiations with two other production facilities are in process in order to increase the overall capacity, the statement added.

Sputnik V, which demonstrated efficacy of 97.6 percent, has been registered in 61 countries globally, covering a total population of over 3 billion people, according to the RDIF.

On April 26, the Central Asian county rolled out its homegrown coronavirus vaccine, QazCovid-in, also known as QazVac.

Turkey is also carrying out studies on several vaccines against COVID-19, including one in the form of nasal spray.

Turkey is conducting the inoculation program in four stages. In the first stage, frontline health workers and the elderly received their vaccines.

Source: Hurriyet Daily News

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