Taiwan coronavirus vaccine by 2021
Taiwan’s Minister of Health and Welfare, Chen Shih-chung, says if ongoing trials of a domestically-produced coronavirus vaccine prove successful, mass production could begin by mid-2021.
Speaking at a legislative hearing, Chen said there are currently several candidates for mass production, but they will need to be both “safe and effective” before the vaccines are released onto the market.
According to Chen, if the coronavirus vaccines successfully complete all the test phases on schedule, the vaccines could begin to be distributed to health centres in the second quarter of next year at the earliest.
The health minister also said that if development goes as smoothly, as is hoped, the aim is to have at least 60% of the population vaccinated against the coronavirus by the third quarter of 2021.