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Taiwan says Thailand is prioritizing AstraZeneca shots, Health News, ET Health World

Taipei: Thailand is prioritizing the domestically produced AstraZeneca PlcCovid-19 vaccine because of the seriousness of the pandemic delaying delivery to Taiwan, President Tsai Ing-wen said Friday.

Taiwan is addressing the surge in domestic infections, with only 3% of the 23.5 million people so far vaccinated at least once, and millions have not yet been vaccinated. Hmm.

“The problem is that the goods that were supposed to arrive in June haven’t arrived,” Tsai told a Taiwanese radio station.

She said Taiwan ordered 10 million doses from AstraZeneca, which produces shots primarily in Thailand.

“Currently, the epidemic in Thailand is serious and we are prioritizing vaccines used in Thailand,” Tsai added.

Thailand has reported 189,828 infections, with more than 80% of new cases and deaths since April.

AstraZeneca did not immediately respond to the request for comment.

Taiwan’s health minister, Chen Shih-chung, told lawmakers Tuesday that orders from AstraZeneca would be delayed by a month due to production problems at the company’s Thai plant.

Taiwan received 1.24 million AstraZeneca donations from Japan last week, and the United States promised 750,000 shots, but details have not been disclosed.

Mr Tsai said the government is in “urgent” talks with the United States and Japan and is considering what other vaccines could be given.



Taiwan says Thailand is prioritizing AstraZeneca shots, Health News, ET Health World

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