Moderna vaccine rollout to start with medical personnel on Wednesday
ROC Central News Agency
06/08/2021 07:54 PM
Taipei, June 8 (CNA) Taiwan will start its rollout of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, with the vaccine prioritized for medical workers at hospitals where COVID-19 patients are being treated, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Tuesday.
The 150,000 Moderna vaccine doses Taiwan received on May 28 have been inspected and 70,000 have already been distributed to local governments to be administered Wednesday, the CECC said.
The vaccine, the only batch of Moderna Taiwan has received, is first being reserved for front-line health workers considered to be at highest risk, it said.
Taiwan has signed contracts to purchase nearly 20 million vaccine doses from abroad, including 5.05 million doses of Moderna, 10 million of AstraZeneca, and 4.76 million doses of unspecified brands through the COVAX program.
It has also signed contracts to buy 10 million doses of vaccines from two domestic companies.
To date, Taiwan has received 150,000 doses of Moderna and over 1.9 million doses of AstraZeneca -- 1.24 million donated by Japan and 726,600 purchased from the manufacturer and through COVAX.
As of Tuesday, 724,900 doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Taiwan, a country with a population of 23 million.
(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chiang Hui-chun and Lee Hsin-Yin)
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