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Taiwan receives second batch of Moderna vaccine in August

ROC Central News Agency

08/15/2021 04:19 PM

Taipei, Aug. 15 (CNA) A total of 249,600 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were delivered to Taiwan Sunday, the second batch the country received from the manufacturer in August.

The latest batch of vaccine doses arrived from Luxembourg on a China Airlines cargo plane, which landed at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 4:10 p.m.

It was the second batch Taiwan has received from Moderna in August, after the delivery of 99,600 doses on Aug. 8, both part of an order placed by Taiwan for 5.05 million doses.

As of Sunday, Taiwan has received a total of 1,499,200 doses from Moderna, along with 2.5 million Moderna doses donated by the United States in June.

In July, the government signed another deal with Moderna to supply 36 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine through 2023, and the first 1 million doses are expected to be delivered during the fourth quarter.

 


To date, Taiwan has received 10,377,800 doses of COVID-19 vaccines from abroad, including nearly 4 million Moderna doses and 6,378,600 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Over 9.1 million, or 38.77 percent of Taiwan's population, have received at least one Moderna or AstraZenenca shot, while 648,746 people, or 2.76 percent of the population have received the two shots required to be fully vaccinated, according to data released Saturday by the Centers for Disease Control.

In addition to the two brands of the COVID-19 vaccine, Taiwan plans to begin administering 600,000 doses developed and produced locally by Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corp., starting Aug. 23.

The government has signed deals with two local vaccine developers -- Medigen and United Biomedical Inc. Asia -- which will each supply 5 million doses of their product.

Taiwan is also expecting the delivery of 15 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine donated by three local entities -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., Buddhist group Tzu Chi Foundation, and the YongLin Charity and Education Foundation of Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.

(By Lai Yu-chen and Kay Liu)

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