Russian vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V

Turkey to produce Russian vaccine against coronavirus Sputnik V

Russia is negotiating with several Turkish pharmaceutical companies the mass production in Turkey of the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine.

A Turkish company will begin mass production of the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus Sputnik V in the coming months, after a few days ago the Turkish Minister of Health, Fahrettin Koca, announced that the country would soon begin to vaccinate its population with Sputnik V.

According to a statement released this Monday by the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF), it would have reached a cooperation agreement with the Turkish pharmaceutical company Viscoran İlaç to mass-produce the vaccine in Turkey; to get this, Viscoran İlaç has already carried out the necessary studies on production, and plans to launch it in the coming months at various facilities throughout the country.

As part of the agreement, Viscoran İlaç is providing assistance to RDIF to establish other cooperation agreements with other Turkish pharmaceutical companies. For example, the statement added that the RDIF is about to close another agreement for the transfer of technology to another Turkish pharmaceutical company, CinnaGen İlaç, and that there are negotiations with two other companies; all with the aim of increasing the production of the Sputnik V vaccine.

Although initially Sputnik V aroused numerous suspicions due to the speed with which it had been produced, and even the Turkish government itself said that it would not acquire the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus for not having followed “good laboratory practices”, several prestigious scientific publications have already confirmed its efficacy – attested by 97.6% – and more than 60 countries around the world have already acquired doses of this vaccine.

Last week, the Turkish Minister of Health himself confirmed that Turkey had already closed an agreement with Russia and that it would soon begin to administer the Russian vaccine against the coronavirus Sputnik V to its population. Turkey began vaccination in early January with the Chinese Sinovac vaccine, and recently began vaccinating with Pfizer as well. Scientists in the country are also working on at least 6 new vaccines, one of them in the form of a nasal spray.