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WHO’s Kluge praises Turkey’s fight against COVID-19

WHO’s Kluge praises Turkey’s fight against COVID-19

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) European region chief thanked Turkey as the country follows its COVID-19 recommendations, an official statement said on Thursday.

“President (Recep Tayyip) Erdoğan’s activities and leadership are appreciated by all countries. I would like to congratulate you on your strong data and information delivery system,” Hans Kluge told Health Minister Fahrettin Koca in a video conference.

Kluge also congratulated Turkey as the country increased the scopes of vaccine studies, rapid COVID-19 diagnostic kits and genome sequencing studies.

During the meeting, Kluge and Koca discussed rising COVID-19 cases in Europe, mutations, the current situation in Turkey and vaccine studies.

“We have entered a period in which the number of cases is increasing in Europe and decreasing gradually in our country,” Koca said, adding that his country does not compromise on rapid testing, isolation and contact tracking.

Noting that Turkey is getting closer to developing a national vaccine, Koca said Ankara has completed all of the necessary work to delay the entrance of the new mutation into the country.