CORONAVIRUS/Taiwan can buy COVID-19 vaccines for 10-50% of population through COVAX

Focus Taiwan
Date: 11/24/2020
By: Chang Ming-hsuan and Chiang Yi-ching

CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang. CNA photo Nov. 24, 2020

Taipei, Nov. 24 (CNA) Taiwan can procure COVID-19 vaccines for 10-50 percent of the country's population through the COVAX allocation platform, a top Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) official said on Tuesday, although he declined to give the specific amount that Taiwan plans to buy.

Under a deal Taiwan signed with COVAX in September, Taiwan will purchase at least enough doses to vaccinate 10 percent of the population, which amounts to around 2.3 million people, CECC spokesman Chuang Jen-hsiang (莊人祥) said at a press briefing.

COVAX is a global vaccine allocation plan through which countries can sign up to purchase COVID-19 vaccines. The project's aim is to accelerate the development and manufacture of the vaccines, as well as guarantee fair and equitable access to the vaccines in every country.

Currently, three vaccines developed by international companies have been confirmed to be on COVAX's portfolio, according to Chuang.    [FULL  STORY]

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