Amid official efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus, the Turkish government is providing support to institutes and researchers in the country working to find vaccines, Turkey’s top technology official said Tuesday.

“We fund and coordinate the studies through TUBITAK [the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey],” Turkish Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank said during an R&D meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara.

“Our universities and research infrastructure started a more focused and intensive shift in the field of vaccine development and the fight against this virus since January,” where coronavirus reached the world stage, he added.

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