US Senator Says US to Donate More Vaccines, Later Refuted 達克沃絲受訪透露 美將贈台4百萬劑疫苗

A batch of 520,000 doses of AZ vaccine has arrived in Taiwan. Meanwhile, journalist Clara Chou claimed that a US senator had misspoken and the US will not donate more than 2.5 million doses. 


A US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III freighter landed at Taipei Songshan Airport on June 6 carrying three US senators, including Tammy Duckworth, and the news that the US was donating 750,000 vaccines to Taiwan. The vaccines arrived half a month later, and there was more than expected. The US sent a total of 2.5 million doses. 

Taiwan is still experiencing a severe vaccine shortage. Duckworth recently told US think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies that the US will donate four million doses to Taiwan.

Tammy Duckworth, US Senator:” You know, even with the 750,000 initially the first charge, we're now over 4 million vaccines to Taiwan. Thailand we announced 1.5 million initial charge, but another 2.5 million is coming. Indonesia we've also sent them several million as well.” 

Duckworth did not offer more details about the four million doses, only saying that Taiwan is the only country in the world to be blocked by China from getting COVID-19 vaccines. On Aug. 12, journalist Clara Chou said during her program that her investigation showed the US only donated 2.5 million doses.

Clara Chou (Footage retrieved from Super FM's website), Journalist:” What I verified this morning was that she misspoke when she said four million doses. She meant 2.5 million doses.”

Chen Hui-chen, Deputy Dir.-General, Dept. of N. American Affairs, MOFA:” Our representative office in the US spoke with US officials and currently, there is no related information. We thank the members of Congress for their support of and assistance to Taiwan. At present, we have no further information on a vaccine donation.There were reports from the US that the US has already donated 2.5 million doses to Taiwan and currently has no intention of adding to that number. “

With regards to vaccines purchased by the government, Premier Su Tseng-chang confirmed that a shipment of 520,000 AstraZeneca vaccines departed from Thailand at noon on Aug. 12 and arrived in Taiwan at 3 p.m. 

Lo Ping-cheng, Spokesperson, Executive Yuan:” Another 520,000 AZ vaccines arrived on the afternoon of Aug. 12 from Thailand. After they are inspected, they will be allocated for injection.”

Including the latest batch, Taiwan has now received over 10 million doses

 

 

美國戰略運輸機首度出現在松山機場,還載三位美國聯邦參議員,包括達克沃絲,帶來了好消息,宣布白宮要送75萬劑疫苗給台灣,半個月後,疫苗送到了,數量不只75萬劑,而是高達250萬劑,患難見真情的台美友誼,在台灣再度欠缺疫苗的此時,再次顯現,達克沃絲接受美國華府智庫「戰略與國際研究中心」訪問時透露,美國將贈送台灣400萬劑疫苗。

美國民主黨聯邦參議員達克沃絲:「即使一開始宣布將捐贈74萬劑疫苗,現在將捐贈400萬劑給台灣,泰國一開始是150萬劑。後來再加碼250萬劑,印尼也將獲得數百萬劑疫苗。」

對於400萬劑疫苗的細節,達克沃絲並未透露太多,只強調,台灣是世界上唯一被中國封鎖,無法獲取新冠疫苗的國家,不過12號一早,廣播主持人周玉蔻就在節目上表示,經她查證的結果,就只有250萬劑。

廣播節目主持人周玉蔻:「今天早上我查證的結果是,400萬劑是口誤,應該就是250萬劑。」

外交部北美司副司長陳慧蓁:「經過我們駐美代表處跟美方查證以後,目前並沒有相關的訊息。我方感謝美國國會議員對台灣一向的支持跟協助,但是有關疫苗捐贈的事情,目前並沒有進一步的訊息。」

除了外交部予以澄清,美方也有消息指出,美國已經捐送台灣250萬劑疫苗,目前沒有要額外追加的計劃。至於政府自購疫苗方面,行政院長蘇貞昌證實,有52萬劑AZ疫苗,中午從泰國起飛,已經在下午3點多抵達台灣。

行政院發言人羅秉成:「8月12日下午又將會有52萬劑的AZ疫苗從泰國運抵,在完成封緘檢驗程序後就會撥配給國人施打。」

加上這批疫苗,台灣取得的疫苗將超過1千萬劑

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