CORONAVIRUS/Second batch of Moderna vaccine to arrive in Taiwan Friday

06/18/2021 11:35 AM
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Taipei, June 18 (CNA) Taiwan will take delivery of 240,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine Friday afternoon, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said earlier that day.

Speaking at a press briefing, Chen Tsung-yen (陳宗彥), deputy head of the CECC, said the second batch of the Moderna vaccine supplied by the manufacturer is scheduled to arrive in Taiwan at around 4 p.m.

The Taiwanese government said it has purchased 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, of which it has so far received 150,000 doses.

The CECC will convene later to determine the allocation of the vaccine, which expires on Dec. 15, Chen said.

Taiwan began the rollout of the Moderna vaccine last week, when a total of 75,000 doses were distributed across the island.

As of Thursday, 44,589 vaccine doses had been administered to frontline medical workers and non-medical personnel at government quarantine centers, according to CECC data.

The CECC originally planned to use the remaining Moderna vaccine stocks only for second doses, as the vaccine requires two doses administered 28 days apart to be fully effective.

However, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, announced Wednesday that the Moderna stocks will be distributed Friday to allow expansion of vaccine coverage, indicating that the CECC anticipates more Moderna vaccine to arrive in Taiwan soon.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan, Chiang Huei-chun and Teng Pei-ju)

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