CORONAVIRUS/COVAX to allot 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan in first round

02/08/2021 05:12 PM
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Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (center). Photo courtesy of the CECC
Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (center). Photo courtesy of the CECC

Taipei, Feb. 8 (CNA) The global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX will distribute around 200,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses to Taiwan during its first round of distribution, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday, although it did not say when they would be available.

It is still uncertain when the doses, produced by British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, will arrive in Taiwan, said Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, at a press briefing in Taipei.

The CECC has been building a digital system so that when the vaccines do arrive, the roll-out process and reporting of any adverse reactions can be conducted smoothly and efficiently, Chen said.

In late December, the CECC said it had secured access to 4.76 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines through the international COVAX allocation program, as well as 10 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine.

The center said it is also in talks with another international company to buy 5 million doses of its vaccine, although further information on this deal or the company involved has not been released.

(By Yu Hsiao-han and Chiang Yi-ching)

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