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Taiwan to receive more Moderna vaccine doses Wednesday

ROC Central News Agency

06/28/2021 05:59 PM

Taipei, June 28 (CNA) Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) confirmed on Monday that another 410,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will be delivered to Taiwan on June 30.

"Yes, there is another batch of Moderna vaccines arriving on Wednesday," Chen said at a daily press briefing, when asked by reporters to confirm media reports that 410,000 doses of Moderna vaccine will arrive on June 30.

"Since the reports are true, there is no need to deny them," Chen said.

These vaccine doses are from the 5.05 million doses of Moderna vaccine ordered by Taiwan's government.

Chen, however, urged Taiwanese media to not report vaccine deliveries before they actually arrive to keep the delivery process free of trouble.

He did not elaborate, but Chen was likely referring to the possible intervention of China, which Taiwan has accused of interfering with vaccine deliveries to the island, a charge denied by Beijing.

In terms of the Moderna vaccine, only 390,000 of the total doses ordered by Taiwan's government have been delivered: 150,000 doses on May 28 and 240,000 doses on June 18.

The expected delivery on Wednesday would bring the total number of COVID-19 vaccine doses received by Taiwan to date, including those of AstraZeneca, to about 5.27 million.

Of those, 3.74 million have been donated -- 2.5 million doses of the Moderna vaccine from the United States and 1.24 million doses from Japan.

(By Chen Chie-ling, Chiang Hui-chun and Emerson Lim)

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