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When will Taiwan get enough vaccines?

2021/06/01 01:00

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Taiwan, to more than 7,300 cases and more than 120 deaths by late May, many Taiwanese people have realized what international experts may have known all along -- that the only way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading is by vaccinating the population. But Taiwan has one of the lowest vaccination rates in the world -- currently at a little over 1 percent of the population. That’s partly because of inadequate vaccines available in Taiwan and initial hesitancy in taking the AstraZeneca vaccine, the only one available until recently. Now that people realize simply closing borders and enforcing strict quarantines are not enough to keep the virus out, they are eager to get vaccinated. But when will more vaccines become available and why has Taiwan been slower than many countries in obtaining vaccines and vaccinating its population?

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