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Turkey to begin making Russia's Sputnik V vaccine

The Russian COVID-19 vaccine would add an alternative in Turkey to the Chinese version currently in use.
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Turkey will start producing a Russian vaccine against COVID-19, the Turkish state Anadolu Agency reported today.

Domestic production of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine will begin in Turkey within a few weeks. The manufacturing will take place at plants belonging to the Turkish pharmaceutical company Viscoran Ilac.

Turkey has one of the highest per capita rates of daily coronavirus infections in the world, though its death rate remains relatively low.

The government is also making progress on the vaccine front and everyone 55 or older is now eligible to receive the vaccine.

The vaccine available in Turkey is the Chinese CoronaVac. The Sputnik vaccine would presumably add another option for the country, which is also fighting vaccine skepticism like other countries in the region.