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Turkey’s coronavirus vaccine added to WHO list

Turkey’s coronavirus vaccine added to WHO list

Vaccine is 2nd to make list after locally produced virus-like particle vaccine was earlier recognized, says head of TÜBİTAK.
07.05.2021 - 18:18

An inactivated coronavirus vaccine developed by Turkish scientists has been included on a list of vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO), the director of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) said Thursday.

Prof. Hasan Mandal noted that it is the second vaccine to make it onto the list after a locally produced virus-like particle (VLP) vaccine was previously recognized.

There are important vaccine studies in Turkey, Mandal said.

Seven of these studies are being conducted under Turkey's coronavirus Platform, he said.

Noting that an inactivated vaccine developed at Turkey's Erciyes University had completed Phase 2 studies and another Turkish-made vaccine is in the second phase, he said one more vaccine will start Phase 1 trials soon.