Mustafa Varank

Turkey advancing toward vaccine: Technology minister

Turkish scientists have come to the animal experiment phase to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, the country's technology and industry minister said on May 8. 

Three universities came to the animal experimentation stage for a recombinant vaccine, and one even launched trials, Mustafa Varank said in a TV appearance.

Major auto factories to reopen by May 11: Minister

As Turkey eases coronavirus measures, all major automotive factories in the country will restart operations by May 11, the country's industry and technology minister said on May 5.

"A large chunk of automotive factories have already restarted production," Mustafa Varank told an Ankara Chamber of Commerce online meeting.

Turkey sends Somalia domestic ventilators to tackle virus

Turkey on Saturday sent a shipment of medical supplies, including new Turkish-made ventilators, to Somalia to help the Horn of Africa country combat the coronavirus outbreak.

The ventilators, made through recent technological advances, will be "breath of life for our Somali brothers," Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said on Twitter.