Taiwan is coping with a spike in home infections and solely 3% of its 23.5 million individuals have acquired a minimum of one shot of vaccination to date, with hundreds of thousands of doses on the order that’s but to reach.
“The problem is that the goods that were supposed to have arrived in June have not,” Tsai advised a Taiwanese radio station.
Taiwan has ordered 10 million doses from AstraZeneca which is principally producing the shots in Thailand, she stated.
“Now Thailand’s epidemic situation is serious and they are giving priority for vaccines to be used in Thailand,” Tsai added.
Thailand has reported 189,828 infections, with over 80% of the brand new instances and fatalities coming since April.
AstraZeneca didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Taiwan’s Health Minister Chen Shih-chung advised lawmakers on Tuesday that orders from AstraZeneca can be delayed by a month because of manufacturing issues on the agency’s Thai plant.
Taiwan acquired 1.24 million AstraZeneca doses donated by Japan final week, and the United States has pledged 750,000 shots, however no particulars have been offered on that.
Tsai stated that the federal government had been partaking in “emergency” talks with the United States and Japan to see what different vaccines they are able to give.