400,000 AZ vaccine doses arrive

19 May, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

The government has taken delivery of 400,000 doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine from the global COVAX vaccine sharing programme. The vaccines were shipped from Amsterdam to Taoyuan International Airport.

It is the second batch of vaccines that Taiwan has received from the COVAX programme.

Health officials say that the vaccines will expire on 31 August and are likely to complete safety testing and begin to be distributed by next Wednesday.

Some of them will be reserved for at-risk personnel such as medical workers.

Taiwan has signed contracts with various sources to purchase nearly 20 million vaccine doses, including 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 10 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine and 4.76 million doses of unspecified brands through the COVAX programme.

According to the Central Epidemic Command Center, 245,008 doses had been administered as of Tuesday.

A locally developed vaccine is expected to become available in July.

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