CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan receives 16th Pfizer-BioNTech shipment

01/21/2022 07:35 PM
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Taipei, Jan. 21 (CNA) Taiwan took delivery of its 16th shipment of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, numbering 994,500 doses, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The expiration date on this batch of doses is May 25 this year, said Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中), who heads the CECC, at a press briefing.

According to Chen, the 994,500 doses were transported to a cold storage warehouse, where they will be inspected before being released to local governments and administered to the public.

The delivery is part of 15 million doses of the Pfizer-BNT vaccine ordered by Hon Hai Precision Co./YongLin Charity, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., and the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation, and are being donated to the government for distribution.

Currently, more than 14.33 million doses of the Pfizer-BNT vaccine have been delivered, according to CECC data.

1. More doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in Taiwan than the government has officially received because recipients of the Moderna booster shot are given half the standard dose of the first and second jab. 2. Information about the booster dose and additional dose can be found at https://t.ly/4ZuW
1. More doses of the Moderna vaccine have been administered in Taiwan than the government has officially received because recipients of the Moderna booster shot are given half the standard dose of the first and second jab. 2. Information about the booster dose and additional dose can be found at https://t.ly/4ZuW

To date, 80.98 percent of Taiwan's population of 23.39 million has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, while 73.17 percent has gotten two doses. In addition, 13.40 percent has received a third jab, in the form of a booster, CECC data showed.

(By Chiang Hui-chun and Ko Lin)

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