Taiwan Receives First Batch of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccines

The first batch of 930,000 doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT) arrived in Taiwan on Thursday.

The country is planning to start the vaccination in mid-September.

The vaccines touched down at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 6:59 a.m. via Luxembourgian flag cargo airline Cargolux flight CV-7962.

Customs officers conducted on-site inspections as soon as the vaccines were unloaded. 

Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) confirmed that the vaccines would be good through Jan. 15, 2022.

The vaccines are the first of 15 million doses purchased by Hon Hai Precision Industry Co.’s YongLin Charity and Education Foundation, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), and Tzu Chi Foundation working together.

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung, who was at the airport to receive the shipment, expressed their gratitude for “working very hard to overcome all difficulties” to help acquire the vaccines.

Meanwhile, TSMC charity foundation chairwoman Sophie Chang also noted there were “many difficulties” in the process.


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