Virus vaccine may be applied in Turkey in December, says health minister - (Hurriyet Daily News via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Turkey may apply a COVID-19 vaccine that is being developed by China in December, reported Hurriyet Daily News.

  • Health minister Fahrettin Koca has said that in the first phase, some 5 million doses of the vaccine will be applied in the country, with another 5 million doses in January and February each.

  • Talks are also underway for another potential vaccine being developed by Pfizer and partner BioNTech to be made available in Turkey, according to the minister.

  • Turkey has been conducting clinical trials of the Chinese vaccine on volunteers in more than 20 centers across country since mid-September.

  • Tests on volunteers for Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine are also underway in Turkey, while officials are also in talks for the injection being developed by Russia.

  • Koca also said that works on the development of local vaccine, which are carried out by 16 local companies, had made good progress and that the domestically produced vaccine could be applied after April the latest.

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