“Bloomberg” news agency reported that an ally close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is preparing to produce the Russian “Sputnik V” anti-Coronavirus vaccine, according to an agreement that was concluded months ago, but was shrouded in secrecy.
The agency stated that Ozturk Oran, Chairman of the Islamic Bank of Katilim Waqf, and owner of the Viscoran Ilac Sanayi pharmaceutical company, signed an agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund to manufacture the vaccine in Turkey.
The head of the Russian fund, Kirill Dmitriev, confirmed the existence of a co-production agreement with a Turkish company, but refused to mention its name.
Oran, who has been close to Erdogan since the early days of the president’s political movement, told Bloomberg that Viscoran Ilac Sanayi pharmaceutical company signed the agreement on August 16, long before it was proven that the effectiveness of the Russian vaccine exceeds 90%.
Oran explained that the company does not have the ability to produce “Sputnik V” on a large scale, and therefore it is likely that a Turkish company that has the technical capacity for production will be hired.
Both Oran and Dmitriev declined to clarify the industrialization schedule.