ANKARA 

A Turkish virologist has successfully isolated SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus, in a bid to produce a vaccine against the deadly disease it causes which has claimed almost 68,000 lives across the globe.

“Our university’s Biotechnology Institute Director Prof. Dr. Aykut Ozkul succeeded in isolating the SARS-COV-2 virus, which is the first step of producing serum, vaccine, and medication against the coronavirus!” Ankara University said in a Twitter post.

Mustafa Varank, Turkey’s industry and technology minister, informed the public during the week that a total of 24 universities, eight public research and development units with hundreds of researchers have been

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