CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan to roll out Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children under 6 in July

06/18/2022 05:37 PM
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Medical workers prepare the COVID-19 vaccine shots to be administered at an elementary school in Taipei Saturday. CNA photo June 18, 2022
Medical workers prepare the COVID-19 vaccine shots to be administered at an elementary school in Taipei Saturday. CNA photo June 18, 2022

Taipei, June 18 (CNA) The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will become available next month for children in Taiwan aged 6 months to 5 years, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Saturday.

A shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for children is scheduled to arrive to Taiwan in July, and the rollout is expected to start in the third week of the month, Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞), deputy head of the CECC's medical response division, said at a daily COVID-19 press briefing.

Discussions are still ongoing with the American drugmaker on the exact date of the vaccine shipment and the number of doses, he said.

Meanwhile, Taiwan's Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is still waiting for the technical information from the makers of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) vaccine concerning its use for children under the age of 5 years, Lo said.

Taiwan began offering the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to children aged 6-11 on May 2 and started the rollout of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 on May 25.

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.
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.

On Friday, Taiwan further granted emergency use authorization (EUA) to the Moderna vaccine for children aged 6 months to 5 years.

Regarding COVID-19 vaccine supplies for the wider population, Lo said Taiwan is likely to receive a shipment of Novavax, via the global vaccine sharing initiative COVAX, in July.

Taiwan has ordered more than 2 million doses of Novavax vaccine through COVAX and granted EUA for that brand on Friday.

To date, 91.15 percent of Taiwan's population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 82.6 percent has gotten at least two doses and 69.24 percent has received a booster shot, according to the latest CECC statistics.

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Ko Lin)

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Update

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The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 18, Taiwan recorded 3,216,048 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,748 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
The figures do not include imported cases reclassified as domestic ones, nor retroactively removed cases. As of June 18, Taiwan recorded 3,216,048 domestic cases in 2022, while the total number of imported cases rose to 13,748 from 2,396 on Jan. 1.
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