Turkovac “effective” against Covid-19, according to first data



ISTANBUL / Ä°ZMÄ°R

Early data suggests the locally developed vaccine Turkovac is highly effective against COVID-19, an expert said, while Health Minister Fahrettin Koca raised concerns over the slowness of the jab campaign, in especially in the second shot of the vaccine.

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Professor AteÅŸ Kara, a member of the country’s Coronavirus Science Board, said the first data obtained showed Turkovac to be “very effective” and perhaps even “a little better compared to other inactivated vaccines”.

“When we look at the levels of protective antibodies and the levels of antibodies that directly clear the virus with lab results, we see that the vaccine is quite effective,” Kara said.

Turkovac was developed by a team of scientists in cooperation with the Presidency of Turkish Health Institutes (TÃœSEB) and Kayseri Erciyes University, and its phase 3 human trials began in June.

The emergency clearance request for Turkovac was submitted last week to the Turkish Medicines and Medical Devices Agency (TÄ°TCK).

Meanwhile, as Turkey’s vaccination campaign against the pandemic continues successfully, the latest remarks from a senior official show that there are 35 provinces in the country where the vaccination campaign is progressing slowly.

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Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said it was unfortunate that there was no serious increase in the vaccination rate in Turkey as in the past, noting that the rate of second dose of vaccine in 30 provinces was less than 75%.

“We were all happy when a dose of vaccine was given anywhere in Turkey. We were aware that vaccination is our duty to all members of society, ”noted the Minister, stressing that the vaccine remains important.

Turkey has administered more than 121 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine since it launched a vaccination campaign in January, according to the latest official figures released.

More than 56.3 million people have received a first dose of the vaccine, while more than 50.7 million have been fully vaccinated, the ministry said.

Turkey has also administered third boosts to more than 12.4 million people.

The bite rate in Istanbul is over 74.4%, in Ankara nearly 80% of its population received the first dose of the vaccine, and in the western province of Izmir the vaccination rate is also over 82% .

However, the vaccination rate is still below 65 percent in several southeastern provinces, including Şanlıurfa, Mardin, Diyarbakır, Bingöl, Muş, Bitlis, Siirt and Batman, as reluctance and outright opposition to vaccines appear. be the main causes of the low rates. .

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Turkey has recorded 20,033 new cases of the coronavirus, 187 deaths and 25,611 recoveries from the virus in the last day.

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