Taiwan gets its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech on Thursday

The country's Centers for Disease Control had said Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be given to age group of 12-17

Taiwan on Thursday had received its first batch of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines after a elongated purchasing process that gave dawn to a political blame game with China.

 

The country had not been able to buy the Covid-19 vaccine itself directly from BioNTech, the German company that had collaborated with US based Pfizer to develop the mRNA vaccine.

 

Lately, Tsai Ing-wen who is the Taiwanese President has accused China of blocking Taiwan from getting the Pfizer vaccine through BioNTech.

 

President Tsai Ing-wen has said that they had all but signed the contracts when the deal was delayed indefinitely. However, China has contradict any interference.

 

Finally, the two private companies, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation and Hon Hai Precision Electronics, with a Buddhist organization Tzu Chi, has came forward to buy the vaccines and donate them to Taiwan.

 

The three organizations bought a total of 15 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine.

 

The flight carrying the first 930 thousand doses had arrived on Thursday morning at the Taoyuan International Airport.

 

The country's Centers for Disease Control had said Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine will be given to age group of 12-17.

 

AstraZeneca, Moderna and the domestically made Medigen vaccine has been used by Taiwan in its campaign so far.

 

The country has vaccinated 43 percent of its population with at least one dose and the island's policy is to give out first doses widely.

India Scanner News Network

Leave a comment