Taiwan has purchased nearly 30 million doses of vaccines, Tsai announced

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announced Wednesday that Taiwan has purchased nearly 30 million doses of vaccines through outsourcing and domestic production. By the end of August, Taiwan will have a cumulative total of 10 million doses of the vaccine for the country’s people to receive.

According to Taiwan Central News Agency, Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) held its central meeting on the same day, and DPP spokesperson Xie Pei Fen relayed Tsai’s talk, pointing out that the purchase of vaccines must be coordinated by the central government, in line with the overall epidemic prevention strategy of the central government, so that vaccination can be carried out smoothly, in line with fairness. At the same time, only by negotiating with the original manufacturer can we obtain the direct guarantee of the original manufacturer and bear the responsibility to avoid both legal and political risks.

Tsai Ing-wen said that the Taiwanese government has been actively negotiating with the best international vaccines, including AZ from the UK, Modena from the US and BNT from Germany, and has successfully ordered two vaccines from the UK and the US. Taiwan and the original BNT manufacturer in Germany were once close to completing the contract, “but because of China’s intervention, the contract has been delayed until now.

Tsai Ing-wen also proposed that Taiwan’s vaccine procurement and the current epidemic should be the first to prevent epidemics and ensure the health and safety of the nation, and that the standards should be consistent, the whole country should be one, and all the people should work together to fight the epidemic and overcome the difficult challenges of this wave of epidemics once again.