More BNT, AZ vaccines arrive

01 October, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT


A second shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has arrived in Taiwan with customized labels.


The 600,000 doses arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on a China Airlines flight from Germany at around 5:50 on Friday morning.


It's the second shipment to arrive in as many days - following yesterday's shipment of 540,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine.


The labelling on two previous shipments delivered in early September had caused political controversy.


But the latest shipments contain packages that were labelled fully in English, including the instructions and the name of the Chinese pharmaceutical company "Fosun Pharma" - which has partnered with BioNTech.


The only Chinese characters on the labels read "prescription drug" in traditional Chinese.


The doses are part of a total order of 15 million doses purchased directly from the German manufacturer by Hon Hai's Yong-Lin Foundation, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and the Tzu Chi Foundation.


Another 200,000 doses are scheduled to arrive on 4 October.


In addition, more AstraZeneca vaccines arrived in Taiwan on Thursday afternoon. The 656,000 doses were purchased directly by the Taiwan government.

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