Deputy Minister of Health Prof. Dr. Emine Alp Meşe attended the Workshop on Domestic Production of Medicines and Vaccines held in Erciyes Technopark, Kayseri.
Aiming to develop domestic production of medicines and vaccines, one of the development goals of Turkey, the Workshop provided a forum to discuss the projects to be realizes in cooperation with university-industry. Deputy Minister of Health Prof. Dr. Emine Alp Meşe, Vice Governor Nail Anlar, Provincial Health Director Assoc. Dr. Ali Ramazan Benli, Rector of Erciyes University Prof. Dr. Mustafa Çalış and many physicians and sector representatives attended the event.
We target to be self-sufficient in vaccine production
In her speech, Prof. Dr. Alp Meşe underlined the target of Turkey to become self-sufficient in vaccine production, and continued her words as follows:
“We plan to produce medicines of TRY 6 billion in Turkey within the framework of our targets. In this regard, we have ensured domestic production of products of TRY 3.1 billion. While the rate of domestic production was 70% per package in 2016, it increased to 80% in 2017. We are unfortunately importing the vaccines that are actually as strategic as medicines. Ministry of Health spends around TRY 1 billion for vaccines. But we target to produce vaccines in Turkey, starting from antigens. We want to transfer vaccine production technology to our country. Thus, we hope to be self-sufficient and then export vaccines to nearby countries.”
Following the workshop, Prof. Dr. Alp Meşe visited the recently opened Kayseri City Hospital.