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Taiwan to receive 410,000 additional doses of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine
29 June 2021 -

Taiwan is set to receive a further 410,000 doses of Moderna Inc's COVID-19 vaccine on 30 June 2021, Reuters news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Taiwanese government had previously confirmed it would receive part of its direct order for 5.05 million doses from Moderna on 30 June 2021, but had not directly said how many doses would be coming.

To date, Taiwan has received a total of 4.85 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, including 1.24 million donated by Japan and 2.5 million donated by the US. Japan has pledged another one million doses, while Lithuania is giving Taiwan 20,000 doses.

Also, Taiwan's own direct orders include 10 million doses from AstraZeneca Plc (LON:AZN) and 4.76 million from the COVAX global sharing scheme for lower income countries.

In addition, it has another 10 million doses on order from two Taiwanese companies who are developing domestic vaccines, but it remains unclear when they might start being administered as they have yet to be approved by the government.

So far, only about 8% of Taiwan's 23.5 million people have received at least one of the two shot regimen against COVID-19 and the government has been under pressure to speed up deliveries of the millions of doses it has on order, Reuters added.