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Taiwan receives 4th shipment of second-generation COVID-19 vaccine

Taipei, Sep 29 (CNA) A total of 605,000 doses of the second-generation Moderna Spikevax COVID-19 vaccine targeting the original virus from 2020 and Omicron BA. 1 subvariant arrived in Taiwan early Thursday, the fourth shipment of the vaccine, Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) chief Victor Wang (王必勝) announced the same day.

At the CECC’s routine daily press conference, Wang said that in addition to being part of the vaccine rollout launched on September 24, the shipment will also be part of a new rollout plan scheduled for October 3, when it becomes available to more people. .

The first rollout made the second-generation vaccine available only as a booster for people age 65 and older, residents of long-term care facilities, and adults age 18 and older who are immunocompromised or have compromised immune systems. weakened.

From October 3, the booster vaccine will also be available for frontline medical workers, airport staff and flight crews, professionals linked to home quarantine, people aged 50 to 64 , as well as people aged 18 and over who must travel abroad for work or diplomatic reasons.

According to Wang, the expiration date of the fourth batch is March 30 next year.

Currently, Taiwan has received a total of 12.635 million doses of vaccines manufactured by Moderna Inc, under a contract signed between the country and the company on July 22, 2021.

Wang said Taiwan is expected to receive a total of 20 million doses this year, adding that the contract stipulates that the company will supply 35 million doses of the vaccine over two years.

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