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Taiwan receives 6th shipment of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this year

Taipei, May 3 (CNA) Taiwan received 1,106,100 doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, the company’s sixth shipment this year, Health and Welfare Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said. .

The nearly 1.11 million vaccine doses were delivered aboard a China Airlines CI-161 flight from Incheon, South Korea, and arrived at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport at 1:38 p.m.

In addition to Tuesday’s shipment, Taiwan expects to receive two more shipments on Wednesday and Saturday, with the total number of doses in the three shipments around 3.47 million, Chen said at the press conference on Wednesday. Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).

The delivery was part of a second deal Taiwan signed in July 2021 with Moderna to procure 35 million doses for 2022-2023, of which 20 million are to be delivered this year, according to the CECC.

With Tuesday’s shipment, Taiwan received 6,819,600 doses of Moderna this year, the CECC said, noting that newly delivered doses are due to expire on August 18.

On Tuesday, Taiwan reported 23,139 new cases of COVID-19, along with five deaths from the disease, bringing the country’s death toll to 23 this year, according to the CECC.

Of the 23 deaths, 12 were unvaccinated, four had one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, five had two doses, while two had three doses, said the CECC official and deputy director general of the Centers for Disease. Control, Lo Yi-chun (羅一鈞) during the press conference.

The number of patients who developed moderate to severe infections this year rose to 300 out of 124,708 locally transmitted cases reported between January 1 and May 2, while 99.76 percent of cases were asymptomatic or only resulted in infections. mild symptoms, Lo noted.

People who are still unvaccinated and those who have only received a single dose of a COVID-19 vaccine should be fully vaccinated to prevent serious COVID-19 infections or death from the disease, said Lo.

As of Monday, the vaccination was available for children aged 6 to 11 in schools across Taiwan, each required to receive a half dose of the Moderna vaccine with parental consent.

The CECC said a total of 667 children received the injection on Monday, adding that as of Tuesday, no adverse reactions had been reported by recipients of the vaccine.

To date, 84.93% of Taiwan’s 23.33 million people have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 80.18% have received two doses, according to CECC data. .

Since the introduction of a third dose at the end of December, 60.10% of the population have received a booster dose and 0.83% have received an additional dose, which is given to immunocompromised people who may not develop the same level. immune response after vaccination than others, the data showed.

(By Chen Chie-ling, Hsu Chih-wei, Wu Ruei-chi and Kay Liu)

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