Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Wednesday that Turkey and Russia have agreed to collaborate in the development of a novel coronavirus vaccine and plan to carry out joint clinical trials.
The decision was taken during a teleconference between the two countries’ health ministers, a Turkish health ministry statement said.
Russian and Turkish scientific advisers are scheduled to hold a second round of talks later this week, according to the statement.
Koca said that 22 Turkish universities and research centres have been working on a COVID-19 vaccine, and four of them have proceeded to the animal-testing stage.
Turkey’s total confirmed coronavirus cases stands at 144,422 and its death toll is 4,609, while Russia’ nationwide tally is 432,277, the third highest in the world, with a total death toll of 5,215.