Turkey received one million free doses of Chinese vaccine-report

A customs certificate has emerged revealing that Turkey received one million doses of the Chinese Sinovac coronavirus vaccine free of charge, Anka news agency reported on Tuesday.

The report on the document follows a question posed in parliament by the head of Turkey’s main opposition party, Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu, on whether one million free doses of the vaccine had been invoiced to the State Supply Office at a rate of $12 for each dose by a pharmaceutical company.

"Turkey received 10,162,123 doses of vaccine by Feb 9, 2021. The State Supply Office paid $121, 945,476 to the Keymen (pharmaceutical) company for these vaccines," Deutsche Welle Turkish cited Kılıçdaroğlu as saying during a parliamentary meeting of his Republican People’s Party (CHP) on Tuesday.

Kılıçdaroğlu said 1,342,298 doses of vaccines were cleared from the customs of the Esenboğa Airport in Ankara in Dec. 2020 by the Keymen Company.

The customs declaration said that one million doses of the vaccine were given free of charge, the CHP leader said, further asking whether the State Supply Office had been invoiced for $12 for each dose.

Turkey received 6.5 million further doses of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech last month, adding on an initial consignment of three million doses.

A nationwide rollout of the Chinese vaccine – which the country is almost entirely reliant on - began in January.