Su touts vaccine coverage rate
Premier Su Tseng-chang says the government expects the island's first-dose vaccination coverage to hit 70% by the end of October.
Speaking during a legislative session, Su said cooperation between the central and local governments means that Taiwan has made great progress in it's vaccination programme, from less than 1% first-dose coverage in May to the current 50%.
According to Su, 11.6 million people have now received their first shot.
Meanwhile, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung defended the government's vaccine procurement programme.
And responding to lawmakers who questioned the alleged lack of transparency in the process, Chen said it is better not to publicize when vaccines are purchased, as manufacturers have requested that such information is divulged.
The health minister went on to say that delivery schedules are also kept under wraps due to concerns the number of available doses continually changing and concern that countries will fight over the amounts if such details are announced.