The president and vice president are splitting up support duties for domestic vaccines. On July 28, President Tsai Ing-wen said she had registered for a Medigen vaccine and was waiting to be notified when a vaccine is available for her. Vice President William Lai, meanwhile, said he is eager to get a UBI Pharma vaccine once it gets its emergency use authorization.
The vaccine registration platform reopened at 2 p.m. on July 27, with domestically developed Medigen vaccines included as a choice for the first time. According to the government, 436,000 people had registered their willingness to get a Medigen vaccine as of 8 a.m. on July 28. President Tsai Ing-wen wrote on Facebook that she was one of them and is now waiting for the government to notify her when a Medigen vaccine becomes available. She also emphasized that Medigen vaccine becomes available to the general public only after its safety and efficacy have been fully verified. Vice President William Lai, meanwhile, said once UBI Pharma's emergency use authorization is approved, he would be happy to get a shot.
Voice of Vivien Fan, Vice President and Spokesperson, UBI Pharma Inc.："We are extremely grateful to Vice President [William] Lai and the nation for their support and encouragement. We are now awaiting the results of the EUA review."
Medigen thanked Tsai for her choice. The vaccine is still in the initial stages of production and won't become available until August at the earliest. The Kuomintang says the Ministry of Foreign Affairs notified the ROC's embassies to start surveying whether any ROC allies were willing to take donations of Medigen vaccines just one day after Medigen's EUA was granted. In response, the ministry said it is not trying to make sales for any specific manufacturers.
Joanne Ou, Spokesperson, Ministry of Foreign Affairs："We would never send domestic vaccines as a form of diplomatic aid to our diplomatic allies without their consent and ensuring compliance with local laws. Even if we have a diplomatic vaccine aid plan in the future, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' foreign aid budget would be used to cover it. We would never use domestic funds for vaccine purchases."
The ministry said the PRC government of using vaccine diplomacy to destroy the ROC's relations with its allies and said it would not supply vaccines to allies unless domestic demand has been satiated. According to the ministry, this is the same principle that was used last year with donations of masks and medical resources, and a demonstration to the world of the "Taiwan Can Help" spirit.