Erdogan’s announcement came in press statements after performing Friday prayers in a mosque in Istanbul, confirming rapid progress in developing a local vaccine against Corona.
On Wednesday, the president announced – in a speech he delivered to the parliamentary bloc of his “Justice and Development” party in the capital, Ankara – that the local vaccine for the Coronavirus has reached an advanced stage, indicating that his country will present it to all humanity.
What is the name of the vaccine?
The Turkish vaccine for the emerging corona virus is called “ERUCOV-VAC,” after the name of the developer, which is Erciyes University.
What is its type?
The ERU Cove Vaccine is based on the technology of the inactivated vaccine, which requires treating the infectious agents of the emerging corona virus chemically or via heat to make them less dangerous, but while preserving their ability to produce an immune response.
Who developed the vaccine?
The vaccine was developed by Erciyes University, through the University’s Vaccine Research and Development Center, and with the support of the Ministry of Health.
When did the clinical trials begin?
On November 5th Announced The University of Erciyes gave the first dose of the ERU CoveVac vaccine to a volunteer. She added that she had obtained the necessary permissions in order to start testing it in humans.
According to the statement, the university president, Mustafa Chalish, explained that the Vaccine Development Center has started the first phase of vaccine trials on humans.
He added that the stage will last for two months, and that it is planned to end on January 5 next, explaining that it will move to the next stages upon its successful completion.
Where did the experiments arrive?
On November 23 Professor Chalish announced that the number of volunteers to try the locally developed vaccine to combat the Corona virus reached 44 people, confirming that no side effects appeared for any of them.
Chalish stated that they are continuing to work on the first phase of the trial of the supposed vaccine, expressing his confidence that they will soon skip it.
He added, “Today we gave 44 volunteers doses of the supposed vaccine, and fortunately none of them showed any side effects,” explaining that what matters in the first stage is safety, indicating that their verification takes them to the second stage, which, according to him, seems to be taking place soon.
We are in the race for vaccine development studies against COVID-19.
COVID-19 vaccine studies, developed at Erciyes University with the support of TÜSEB, continue in accordance with the planned schedule. Second dose administration of the national vaccine candidate to volunteers started today. We are hopeful.
– Dr. Fahrettin Koca (@Fahrettinkoca) November 26, 2020
in a This November 26 The Minister of Health, Fakhruddin Kujah, announced that his country had started giving volunteers a second dose of a possible local anti-Coronavirus vaccine.
In a tweet on Twitter, Koca confirmed that Turkey is also making an effort to develop an anti-Corona vaccine, like other countries.
He added, “With the support of the Turkish Institutes of Health, studies of the Corona vaccine developed at Erciyes University are continuing, according to the planned schedule.”
He also said, “Volunteers are starting to give the second dose of a possible local vaccine. We are optimistic.”
When is the vaccine ready?
According to statements by President Erdogan, they aim to make the vaccine available for use next April at the latest, stressing that his country will seek “to provide the Corona vaccine that we have developed to all of humanity.”