03-04-2020 15:59:23

“Mass production of breathing machines by BIOSYS underway”

The Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank join the NTV live broadcast and answered the questions.

A Turkish firm will deliver the country's first home-made medical ventilator after April 15, the industry and technology minister said on Friday.

Mustafa Varank said that more than 100 engineers from the country's high-tech firms such as Baykar, Aselsan and TAI were working to produce the device in accordance with international standards.

Several companies, some of them from the health sector, are focused on manufacturing the breathing machines, which are critical for the treatment of coronavirus.

BIOSYS, a Turkish technology producer, made its first prototype after a five-year research and development process.

The ventilator's mass production has already begun at a plant owned by Arcelik, a household manufacturing company. 

Vaccine development

Ankara, Varank said, is also supporting 14 projects to develop COVID-19 vaccine and medicines through funding of up to 18 million Turkish liras ($2.7 million).

He said research in this regard was being conducted under the coordination of Scientific and Technological Research Council.

Some 24 universities, 8 public research institutions, 8 private firms and several researchers are working under the country's COVID-19 platform, the minister added.