The first batch of COVID-19 vaccines donated by the Chinese government arrived in Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan, on Friday.
The shipment of 150,000 doses from Chinese company Sinopharm was welcomed at the airport by Kyrgyz officials and Chinese Ambassador to Kyrgyzstan Du Dewen.
A Xiamen Airlines plane transported the 3.4 tons of vaccine, which needed to be kept at 2-8 C, the airline said.
147 Chinese personnel who will work in Kyrgyzstan joined the flight.
On February 5 Du told Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev at a meeting that the Chinese government would provide free COVID-19 vaccines.
Kyrgyzstan recorded its first COVID-19 case in March 2020. The cumulative number of confirmed cases in the country has exceeded 87,000 with the death toll at over 1,400.
(Compiled by Zhang Jian)