December 30, the first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from China arrived at Esemboa Airport in Ankara, the capital of Turkey.
As soon as the vaccine arrived, Turkish Health Minister Koja said on his personal social platform that Turkey would start testing the vaccine for 14 days.
Once the test is completed, the vaccination process will begin.
Turkish Airlines is responsible for the flight to deliver vaccines.
Flight TK6175 took off from Beijing with Chinese vaccines and arrived in Ankara after about nine hours of flight.
This batch of vaccines is an inactivated vaccine for COVID-19 developed by Kexing Zhongwei Biotechnology Co., Ltd. in Beijing, China. Earlier, Turkish Health Minister Koja said that Turkey has signed a vaccine procurement agreement with the company and will receive about 50 million doses of coronavirus vaccine in batches.
Turkey plans to vaccinate high-risk groups such as medical staff in the first phase, and Koja said that he would also be one of the first vaccinated people.
On the evening of December 24th local time, Koja announced that preliminary data of the phase III clinical trial of the Kochen medium-dimensional coronavirus vaccine in Turkey showed that the efficacy of the vaccine reached 91.25% without obvious side effects.
According to the data released by the Turkish Ministry of Health, as of December 29, local time, 15,805 new confirmed cases were added to Turkey that day, with a total of 2178,580 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 20,388 deaths.