Turkey’s Domestic Vaccine Production Drive Prompts New Partnerships
But More Incentives Needed To Speed Shift From Importation
The Turkish government’s drive to establish domestic manufacturing for vaccines is showing tentative signs of getting off the ground. New partnerships are forming between Turkish and international partners. However, lack of local know-how is hampering progress.
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