Mustafa Varank

First tests of Turkey’s indigenous Moon rocket engine successful: Minister

Turkey has successfully passed the first test of its indigenous engine to be used in a rocket that will be sent to the Moon in 2023.

"We, as a country, have a mission to the Moon, and I think we will succeed the first leg of our long mission in 2023," said Mustafa Varank, the minister of industry and technology, on April 11.

Turkey developing intranasal COVID-19 vaccine

Turkish scientists working with nanotechnology firm Nanografi are developing the country's first intranasal COVID-19 vaccine, the industry and technology minister said on March 30. 

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Nanografi's new graphene production plant in the capital Ankara, Mustafa Varank said the nasal spray is expected to be more effective.