Taiwan could get 9 Mn BioNTech COVID-19 shots in 2021: Foxconn founder

The founder of Foxconn Technology Group Terry Gou expects Taiwan to receive around 9 million COVID-19 vaccines from BioNTech SE this year. The announcement comes after the country received the first batch of BioNTech shots last week with the help of Foxconn and TSME.

For the record, Taiwan’s previous vaccine order was highly politicized, with the country blaming China for nixing its order from BioNTech. Following this, the Taiwan Government tasked Foxconn to negotiate for the doses on its behalf.  

The second batch of BioNTech vaccines is set to arrive before 12th September this year. Meanwhile, the third batch is expected to arrive around mid-September. Each batch will have at least 700,000-800,000 doses with one batch being delivered every week to meet the 9 million mark as soon as possible. 

It is also worth mentioning that Taiwan is getting the shots earlier than expected since a delay in the regulatory approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab in mainland China made the vaccine availability abundant on the island. The shot has already been approved for emergency use in Hong Kong and Macau.

Although only 5% of Taiwan’s population is fully vaccinated, the spread of COVID-19 on the island has reportedly been brought under control, with the country’s vaccination program proceeding smoothly.

Speaking of which, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) of Taiwan has reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, 8 of which were local. No deaths were announced which maintained the total death toll at 837.

The island country has recorded 16,047 cases since the start of the Coronavirus pandemic. The CECC also reported a breakthrough infection in a person arriving from the Gambia, who at that time was administered with Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine.

This has been classified as a breakthrough infection since the identified person’s diagnosis came one month after receiving the J&J jab.

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