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Taiwan will receive delivery of updated Moderna vaccine on Wednesday

Taipei, Nov. 7 (CNA) A shipment of 600,000 doses of Moderna’s second-generation COVID-19 vaccine will arrive in Taiwan on Wednesday, the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) said Monday.

The vaccine, which targets the original COVID-19 virus and Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, will be available in Taiwan for the first time after shipment and is applicable as a booster for people 12 years of age and older. , at the CECC.

Taiwan has only ordered 600,000 doses of the new Moderna vaccine so far, and the CECC has not said whether more doses will be ordered in the future.

Deployment of the new vaccine is expected to begin on Nov. 18, provided all necessary post-delivery procedures go smoothly, CECC chief Victor Wang (王必勝) said.

Currently, the majority of COVID-19 infections in Taiwan are caused by the Omicron BA.5 virus, the CECC said, citing sequencing data from last week.

There have also been at least two cases of the BA.2 subvariant in Taiwan and the first domestic infection with the BQ.1 subvariant, according to the data, the CECC said.

Second-generation COVID-19 vaccines produced by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, which were granted emergency use authorization (EUA) in Taiwan on Oct. 26, will be offered as boosters to people aged 12 and older, according to the Food and Drug Administration.

Taiwan has not yet ordered doses of the new Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.

To date, 74 percent of Taiwan’s population has received one booster injection, 16.1 percent two booster injections and 1.36 percent three booster injections, according to CECC data.

Update

November 9: Local governments will receive the updated Moderna COVID-19 vaccine starting November 18

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