Moderna vaccine approved for emergency use
Courtesy of ICRT
Taiwan’s health minister Chen Shih-chung says the government has now granted authorisation for emergency use of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine.
According to Chen, emergency authorisation was issued on 22 April by the Food and Drug Administration for the vaccine.
The first batch of Moderna's vaccine is expected to be delivered later this month.
The health minister says he's currently unable to give a precise date for its delivery, but is estimating it will arrive before the end of May.
Chen also says the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) has received no information about delays of the Moderna shipment and the matter “is currently progressing at a normal pace”.
Taiwan has signed contracts to purchase 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine.
To date, Taiwan has taken delivery of 117,000 vaccine doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine purchased directly from the company and 199,200 doses of AstraZeneca vaccine through the COVAX sharing program.
The CECC says another AstraZeneca shipment is expected to arrive in June.