Taipei, Feb. 15 (CNA) Taiwan received its second shipment of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine this year on Tuesday, comprising 1.4048 million doses, according to the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC).
The 1.4048 million doses of Moderna arrived on China Airlines Flight CI-161 from Incheon, South Korea, at 1:41 p.m., the CECC said.
The shipment was part of the second deal Taiwan signed in July 2021 with Moderna to procure 35 million doses for 2022-23, with 20 million expected to be delivered this year.
With the latest delivery, Taiwan has taken delivery of 2.9169 million doses ordered from the US pharmaceutical company, Health Minister Chen Shih-chung (陳時中) said at a CECC press briefing.
Newly issued doses are due to expire on April 25, Chen added.
According to the Minister of Health, the newly arrived doses have been transported to a cold storage, where they will be inspected before being handed over to local governments and administered to the public.
To date, 82.35 percent of Taiwan’s 23.37 million people have received at least one injection of the COVID-19 vaccine, while 75.70 percent have received two doses, according to CECC data.
Since the introduction of a third dose at the end of December, 30.65% received a booster dose and 0.77% received an additional dose.
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