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Turkish patient tests 1st shot of coronavirus vaccine

Turkey began the Phase 3 study of the Chinese origin vaccine from the Cerrahpasa medical school.
28.09.2020 - 16:14

Turkish doctors gave the first shot of the coronavirus vaccine to a health worker on Monday.

Asim Basturk, 53, volunteered for the phase 3 test of the vaccine developed by China.

77,000 TESTS HAVE BEEN CONDUCTED IN THE FACILITY

Speaking to reporters, Dr. Mustafa Sait Gonen, dean of Turkey’s leading Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, said: “Today, we began the Phase 3 study of the Chinese origin vaccine from the Cerrahpasa medical school."

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Giving a break up of patients they attended to since March, he said, out of 335,000 patients who visited the facility; 27,000 were treated for coronavirus and 77,000 tests were conducted.

"This is an important day for the Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty. This struggle [against the virus] continues in Cerrahpasa, as in other hospitals and in the world," he added.

Also speaking, Basturk said: "I volunteered for this of my own will. Of course, we want this [virus] which is creating trouble for Turkey and the world to be eliminated soon."