Taiwan gets 1.1 million AstraZeneca doses from Japan

Workers will unload the AstraZeneca vaccine arriving from Japan at Taoyuan Airport near Taipei, Taiwan on Thursday, July 8, 2021. (Taiwan Centers for Disease Control and Prevention via AP)

Taipei, Taiwan — Taiwan received 1.13 million AstraZeneca vaccines from Japan for its second donation this year.

The country has benefited from vaccine diplomacy and has received about 5 million doses from the United States and Japan since the worst outbreak that began in May.

Taiwan also accused China, which claims the autonomous island as a territory of rebellion, to intervene to block the delivery of vaccines. China has denied it.

Taiwan has signed a promise to purchase more than 29 million vaccines, but given global supply constraints and manufacturing delays, when the number of cases surged in May, only about 700,000 vaccines were issued. Not left.

With the intervention of Taiwan’s allies, the island is now able to start distributing shots quickly. About 11 percent of the population has received at least one shot.

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