Turkey refused to purchase the Russian vaccine against coronavirus infection, because it could not obtain a license due to non-compliance with the norms, said the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the republic, Fahrettin Koca. This decision surprised Moscow: the head of the press service of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said that the domestic drug, after a series of tests, proved its effectiveness.
“The problem arose due to GLP compliance [good laboratory practice]… Russia was unable to match it. Therefore, WHO and the whole world were unable to obtain this vaccine. This vaccine also failed to obtain a license from us. Therefore, it is outside of our sphere of interest. ", - quoted by Koju Reuters.
Turkey, with a population of over 80 million, has already agreed with China to purchase 50 million doses of the vaccine. Ankara plans to start vaccinating doctors this month, writes Reuters.
Ankara's statement has caused bewilderment in Moscow. «It can be said unequivocally: the results of testing and trials indicate that this is a very effective and reliable vaccine, which can and will certainly play a very important role in the fight against the pandemic. "- said Peskov.
RIA Novosti, citing a source in the RDIF, reports that Turkey and Russia are still negotiating the purchase of a Russian vaccine against coronavirus infection.
Reuters notes that Turkey plans to vaccinate 50 million people against COVID-19 by the end of April. Ankara is also working to get 25 million doses of vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech.
"They are [company] will be able to provide us with 25 million doses by the end of 2021. We are trying to speed up this process and get it before the summer»- told reporters Koca.
The world's first vaccine against COVID-19 was registered on August 11 in Russia. The drug was named "Sputnik V". According to the director of the N.F. Gamaleya by Alexander Gintsburg, mass vaccination of Russians against coronavirus will begin in December-January. Earlier, the authorities stressed that it will be voluntary and will primarily cover teachers and doctors.
On August 26, Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova reported to Russian President Vladimir Putin that 27 foreign powers had expressed a desire to purchase the Russian vaccine. She added that at the moment there are no complications in the volunteers who have taken the COVID-19 vaccine in the trials. Putin said that Belarus will be one of the first countries to receive the domestic drug.
On September 2, Koca announced that Turkey is ready to allow trials of the Russian Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 in the near future. In addition, he then noted that in parallel, Ankara is testing two of its own drugs for coronavirus infection on volunteers.