This week Taiwan’s government said it would also receive 200,000 doses of the A
straZeneca vaccine from COVAX, with shots possibly starting next month.
The government has moved to assure its people it is working hard to ensure acces
s to vaccines and is also developing vaccines domestically, though at a slower p
However, officials have also indicated that with the pandemic under control in T
aiwan there is not the pressing need for vaccines that some other countries are
facing. There are currently only 73 active cases being treated in hospital.
Germany last week ducked an appeal by Taiwan for its help to supply COVID-19 vac
cines. Berlin had earlier asked the Asian tech powerhouse to ease a semiconducto
r supply crunch in the auto industry, potentially provoking China’s ire.