Taiwan has accused China of blocking a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech for COVID-19 vaccines a day after it refused vaccine donations.
“As for Germany’s BioNTech, we were close to completing the contract with the original German plant, but because of China’s intervention, up to now there’s been no way to complete it,” claimed Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
Taiwan is currently dealing with a surge in cases and has only received than 700,000 vaccine shots so far from AstraZeneca and Moderna.
Both BioNTech and China did not comment on Tsai’s accusations but the latter said that they are willing to share their BioNTech vaccines with the nation.
Tsai said they would only buy directly from the original manufacturers or discuss purchases with them through the COVAX global vaccine sharing scheme.
“Only by negotiating with the original manufacturer can you obtain the original manufacturer’s direct guarantee and responsibility for quality and safety, so as to avoid legal and political risks,” said Tsai.
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