Taiwan Reports 500+ New COVID-19 Cases, Rejects Chinese Vaccine Donations

Taiwan has reported 542 new domestic COVID-19 cases and 6 deaths prompting the government to extend the national Level 3 COVID-19 alert until June 14.

The Taiwanese Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said that the six fatalities were aged 60 and above and have died between May 20-24.

The new caseload raised the total number in Taiwan to 5,456  and has steadily risen since May 15.

Aside from the rising cases, Taiwan only has 700,000 COVID-19 vaccines for its 23 million citizens. 

Vaccine rollout was also reportedly slow, to date, only 1% of the population has been vaccinated so far. 

Taiwanese Health Minister Chen Shih-Chung said two million domestic vaccine doses would arrive by the end of June and 10 million more are expected by the end of August.

China has already offered to urgently send COVID-19 vaccines to Taiwan but was rejected due to tensions between the two nations.

“Our attitude is very clear: We are willing to make arrangements quickly so that the vast majority of Taiwan compatriots will have mainland vaccines to use as soon as possible,” said China’s policy-making Taiwan Affairs Office,

Taiwan has already signed contracts to purchase 5.05 million doses of the Moderna vaccine, 10 million doses of AstraZeneca, and 4.76 million doses of unspecified brands but have no timelines yet on the deliveries.

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