A Turkish university has started to work on developing a native DNA vaccine for coronavirus, the institution’s head said on Friday.

In a statement, Necdet Budak, head of Ege University in Izmir province, said that since a licensed vaccine for COVID-19 was not yet available, many countries initiated research on the subject.

Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank also stressed the need for a vaccine, he added.

On Thursday, Varank said that as part of a platform to support projects on vaccine and drug development against COVID-19, several institutions, including Ege University, will be supported.

“At Ege University, we

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