How did TURKOVAC get emergency use approval?

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca recently announced that the domestic coronavirus vaccine TURKOVAC has been approved for emergency use and mass production has begun. “From the end of next week, we will be in widespread use, especially in our city hospitals,” Koca said.

After this statement, Prof. Dr. Ahmet Saltik made a written statement regarding the emergency use approval of TURKOVAC. Stating that TURKOVAC’s emergency use approval was given by a directorate of the Ministry of Health, Saltık said, “We expected that the AKP government would resort to an agenda game.”

In the statement released by Saltik, he used the following statements:


“We expected that the AKP government would resort to an agenda game in an environment where Turkey’s agenda was occupied by a fictional heavy economic crisis.

However, the issue should not have been to gamble in the midst of the epidemic with the health of Turkey with a population of 90 million, never!

The Ministry of Health is obliged to immediately disclose all scientific data, scientific evaluation board, evaluation methods, and most importantly, how many tens of thousands of volunteers in which countries Phase 3 studies are conducted, and if the results are published, the relevant peer-reviewed scientific article / articles about the vaccine development effort named TURKOVAC. .


In addition, TITCK (Turkish Pharmaceuticals and Medical Devices Agency), the institution that gave IVEDI (IMMEDIATE) USE APPROVAL to the vaccine candidate named TURKOVAC, is not a free-autonomous scientific institution, but an administrative unit under the administrative tutelage of the Ministry of Health and requires the Ministry of Health’s immediate use approval. The possibility of rejection does not exist in the rigid staffing system of the AKP government. It is obligatory to share the members of the scientific committee in this institution and the scientific data on which the committee is based, and the rationale.


Getting information about health and vaccination is an inseparable complement to the Constitutional right to health (Art. 56. et al.). For the government, it is a constitutional obligation. The AKP government must comply with the law and established international scientific rules.

The AKP government will be absolutely responsible for the medical complications, undesirable negative and adverse results that may arise with the widespread implementation of TURKOVAC without these (Defect of Service, Constitutional Art. 125).


This vaccine candidate (TURKOVAC) has not yet been vaccinated, even for emergency use with scientific standards!

Also, if it is exported and vaccine complications occur, Turkey may become unfair, disreputable or even criminal at the international level. No one has the right to this.

The Ministry of Health is obliged to share all the information – the data with the public and scientific circles and the World Health Organization – without delay…”

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Source: Cumhuriyet Gazetesi – Güncel by

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