More vaccines on the way

17 May, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung says more vaccines should be arriving in Taiwan soon, although he did not provide a precise date.

As the coronavirus situation worsens, demand for vaccines has climbed sharply. Nearly 7,500 people got a dose over the weekend, bringing Taiwan's total to 195,000.

The CECC has already suspended vaccines for the general public, reserving the remaining doses for priority workers.

Appointments for self-paid jabs made before the suspension will still be honoured, and the CECC will send out 40,000 doses on Tuesday for that purpose.

While not providing exact dates for the next shipment to arrive, Chen says it should be here quickly. This has been echoed by the GAVI Vaccine Alliance.


The alliance is jointly running the COVAX vaccine sharing scheme programme with the World Health Organization and is being quoted as saying more AstraZeneca vaccines are expected to arrive in Taiwan by the end of June at the latest.

The government has ordered 20 million vaccine doses, mostly from AstraZeneca, but also from Moderna.

And health officials say they expect to get more than 1 million AstraZeneca shots via the COVAX sharing programme.

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