3 COVID-19 vaccines in human trial stage in Turkey

# 09:10
10 April 2021

Studies for Turkey’s seven COVID-19 vaccine candidates are progressing, with three of them in the human trial stage, the country’s vice president said on Friday, APA reports citing Anadolu.

During his visit to the clinical research center, Fuat Oktay said that necessary work is being done to start mass production of the vaccine following approval by Turkey’s drug regulatory authority Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency.

He urged citizens, who do not suffer from a chronic illness and have not received any coronavirus vaccine, to volunteer for the human trials.

“The more volunteers we have, the faster we will come to a conclusion in vaccination studies.”

He went on to say trials at the Erciyes University will enter the third phase by the end of this month.

"Today, we are experiencing a situation where rich or developed countries are being prioritized in access to vaccines. This is turning into a quest for trade or a mechanism of power," he said.

“However, Turkey will show here the usual principled stance,” he added.