ANKARA, April 19 – RIA Novosti, Alena Palazhchenko. Afshin Emre Kayipmaz, a member of the Scientific Council under the Turkish Ministry of Health on the Turkish coronavirus, told RIA Novosti that tests of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 are continuing, and it is too early to talk about the approval of its production in the country.
Earlier, the Yeni Safak newspaper, citing Kayipmaz, reported that the production of the Sputnik V vaccine had been approved in Turkey.
“I told the journalist that the Russian vaccine was being tested in Turkey, and only some of their stages had intermediate positive results. I didn’t say anything else. Apparently, the journalist didn’t quite understand. But I’m very upset, I called the newspaper, and now they remove this news from the site, “- said Kayipmaz RIA Novosti.
In August 2020, the Ministry of Health of Russia registered the world's first vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19, developed by the Gamaleya Research Center for Electrochemistry. It was named “Sputnik V”. The drug is currently approved in 60 countries with a total population of about 3 billion people. The vaccine efficacy at 91.6% is confirmed by the publication of data in the leading medical journal The Lancet.