Turkey will “very soon start mass production” of indigenous respirators needed in the fight against the novel coronavirus, Ankara’s communications director said Saturday. 

“Our government’s mobilization to produce all necessary medical supplies is bearing fruit. We will very soon start mass production of our nationally developed respirator ‘Sahra,’” Fahrettin Altun said in a series of Tweets. “We’re determined to ensure that Turkey will not need outside help for medical supplies.”

The indigenous mechanical breathing device named Sahra, or Desert, was announced last week by National Defense Minister Hulusi Akar.

Altun said Ankara has already sent medical supplies to 54

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