Moderna vaccines land in Taoyuan
By Lin Chia-nan / reporter
The government yesterday welcomed the arrival of 150,000 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the first batch of its order from the American pharmaceutical company.
The consignment, carried by a China Airlines Ltd (中華 航空) cargo flight from the Taiwanese national carrier, arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport around 5 p.m., a little later than the Central Epidemic Command’s estimate of 3:50 p.m. Center (CECC) given Thursday evening.
The flight took off from Luxembourg yesterday morning and stopped in Dubai before heading to Taiwan.
Photo: Chu Pei-hsiung, Taipei Times
Prior to its arrival, many aviation enthusiasts on Facebook posted images of flight trackers showing the plane passing through the airspace over India and Vietnam, avoiding China and Hong Kong, before moving on. eventually land in Taiwan.
“The American Institute of Taiwan [AIT] welcomes the arrival of the first batch of Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, the first American vaccine to arrive in Taiwan, “AIT wrote on Facebook yesterday morning before its arrival, adding:” We continue to communicate with Taiwan to all the levels on this emergency publish. “
The de facto U.S. embassy has come under fire for failing to help Taiwan acquire vaccines, as outgoing AIT director Brent Christensen said on Wednesday Washington had yet to finalize its standards. for the distribution of its vaccine stock, adding that the number of infections in Taiwan was among the lowest. in the world.
Meanwhile, a Japanese ruling party committee on relations with Taiwan yesterday said it would recommend that the government provide part of Japan’s AstraZeneca vaccine stock to Taiwan to help it fight a spike in infections.
“We should provide vaccines to Taiwan as soon as possible,” Liberal Democratic Party political group leader Masahisa Sato said during a press briefing after the meeting.
The recommendation is to be included in a set of proposals that the think tank would submit to Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi.
“Taiwan has many friends in Japan who are doing their best to help Taiwan in different ways. If there is any good news, we will announce it after its confirmation, ”said presidential office spokesman Xavier Chang (張 惇 涵).
The Foreign Ministry added that Taipei was looking “for like-minded countries to help get vaccines, and the efforts haven’t stopped.”
In other news, in response to local government officials asking the central government to allow them to purchase vaccines independently through their own channels, the CECC yesterday issued a set of requirements to ask to do so.
Local governments or companies that intend to apply to import COVID-19 vaccines may require pharmaceutical companies to submit vaccine deployment plans, instructions, storage and cooling logistics plans, permits for manufacture and documents confirming the commercialization of a vaccine in other countries, the CECC said.
Applications would be reviewed by experts summoned by the Food and Drug Administration, while the use of vaccines must adhere to CECC regulations, he added.
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