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Turkey receives second shipment from second batch of Sinovac vaccines

The second shipment of the second batch of COVID-19 vaccines ordered from China arrived early on Jan. 29 in Turkey.

A Turkish Airlines plane that departed from Beijing landed at Istanbul Airport at 6.10 a.m. local time (0310GMT) carrying the 3.5 million doses of the vaccine.

A total of 10 million doses of the vaccine were imported in the second batch.

Turkey suspends flights from Brazil due to COVID-19 variant

Turkey on Jan. 22 suspended flights from Brazil amid rising case numbers of a mutated variant of the novel coronavirus.

On Twitter, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca noted that flights from the U.K., Denmark, and South Africa had previously been suspended due to the new strain of coronavirus.

Turkish vaccine campaign focus moves to elder care

Turkey's vaccination campaign is proceeding to its next step, focusing on the very elderly and those in institutional care, the country's health minister said on Jan. 18. 

"As of tomorrow [Tuesday], we will start the vaccination of people staying in care and nursing homes, and of those caring for them," Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter.

Turkey sees significant drop in coronavirus caseload, says health minister

Turkey on Jan. 8 reported a significant drop in the countrywide number of novel coronavirus cases over last two weeks.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced on Twitter that there had been a 40% drop in the caseload of both Istanbul and the Aegean province Izmir, as well as a reduction of roughly 60% both in the capital Ankara and northwestern Bursa province.

Turkish Airlines suspends flights from UK to Turkey

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced on Jan. 2 that flights from the U.K. to Turkey were suspended under travel restrictions due to the pandemic.

Meanwhile, the flights from Turkey to the U.K., and from the U.K. to other countries, including the transit flights, continue as planned, it noted.

Vaccines to be administered in two doses, 28 days apart, says health minister

Turkey will administer the novel coronavirus vaccines brought from China in two doses and 28 days apart, the country's health minister has said.

The first batch of the 3 million doses of the Chinese firm Sinovac's vaccine arrived in the capital Ankara on Dec. 30.

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