First Batch of Novavax Vaccines Arrives 首批Novavax疫苗50萬劑運抵 效期至9/30

The first batch of Novavax COVID-19 vaccines obtained through COVAX arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on June 30. The expiration date of this batch is Sept. 30.

The first batch of Novavax COVID-19 vaccines totaling 504,000 doses obtained through COVAX arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on June 30. The vaccines cleared customs and will now undergo inspection. The expiration date of this batch is Sept. 30. Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices convener Lee Ping-ing urged the Food and Drug Administration to rapidly complete the inspection so that people aged 18 or under can get the Novavax vaccine and leave protein subunit vaccines for groups at high risk of developing myocarditis.

Lee Ping-ing, Convener, Advisory Comm. on Immunization Practices: “The Novavax vaccine offers a protection of 80 to 90 percent, and it has very few adverse effects. Only about 1 to 3 percent developed a fever. It can be used as a first dose, a third dose, or a fourth dose.”

There have been numerous cases of MIS-C lately. Doctors say an American study showed that the rate of occurrence is three out of 10,000. In Taiwan, 600,000 children have tested positive, so there may be 100 to 200 MIS-C cases.

Lee Chien-chang, Attending Physician, Dept. of Emer. Med., NTU Hospital: “A study involving the BNT vaccine showed that the risk for those aged 12 to 18 that got two doses declined by 91 percent. Right now, all studies show the most effective way to prevent MIS-C is to get vaccinated.”

Doctors say vaccines can help to prevent MIS-C. MIS-C normally occurs two to six weeks after COVID-19 infection. Taiwan reached its peak at the end of May, so the next one to two weeks should be the MIS-C peak period. The daily caseload for the past several days has been around 40,000. Doctors say current trends show that the epidemic situation has not slowed down.

Huang Li-min, Honorary Chair, Infectious Diseases Society of Taiwan: “If there is no way for domestic cases to decline, that means the R0 value is over 1. If it's around 1, then a new strain may enter. ”

In other words, the government needs to examine which cities and counties are still seeing a rise in the number of cases and determine if the Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are circulating domestically.




國內透過COVAX機制獲配的首批Novavax疫苗50.4萬劑,30日上午運抵桃園國際機場,完成通關程序後,將進行後續檢驗封緘作業。這批效期至9月30日。  衛福部傳染病防治諮詢會預防接種組召集人李秉穎呼籲,食藥署應盡速審核,讓18歲以下的青少年可以接種Novavax疫苗,將次單位蛋白質疫苗留給容易引發心肌炎的敏感族群。







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