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