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First batch of COVID-19 vaccines to be flown in from China to Turkey

First batch of COVID-19 vaccines to be flown in from China to Turkey

The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines, consisting of 3 million doses, from China will be brought to Turkey via Turkish Airlines‘ Beijing-Istanbul flight Wednesday.

The vaccines will be delivered to Istanbul Airport first, then the capital Ankara, according to the information given by the flag carrier.

The Boeing 777 plane, with 17 containers of vaccines, is expected to land at Istanbul Airport at 6:10 a.m. (3:10 a.m. GMT) Wednesday.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca had previously said Turkey will be receiving a total of 50 million doses of Chinese COVID19 vaccines, SinoVac, and that the first 20 million doses of vaccines will be delivered during December and January.

The minister also announced that the country will purchase another vaccine developed by German-based medical firm BioNTech up to 30 million doses. Sinovac’s vaccine was originally scheduled to arrive Monday but was postponed after a COVID-19 case was reported in Beijing customs.