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Taiwan's Self-Purchased BNT, Moderna Vaccines Arriving 自購64萬劑AZ與108萬劑莫德納  今陸續抵台

The incoming Moderna doses aim to fully vaccinated the elder to avert receding protection for long interval between two doses.Presenter:640,000 doses of AZ and 1.08 million doses of Moderna vaccines have arrived in Taiwan, which will be mostly used as second doses of vaccination. Meanwhile, BNT and Medigen vaccines will be part of the ninth round of vaccination, and vaccinations for schools will start next Thursday on the 23rd.Vaccines are arriving again! Taiwan’s self-purchased 1.08 million doses of Moderna arrived in the country on the evening of the 17th. The Central Epidemic Command Center stated that the priority for this batch of vaccines will be to administer the second dose. Some elderly people are worried the interval between the first and second vaccine dose is too long and vaccine efficacy may decrease. Some experts pointed out related studies have shown that mRNA vaccines such as Moderna and BNT still have efficacy after 16 weeks between the first and second dose.Lee Ping-ing, Specialist Advisory Panel Member, CECC:”After getting the vaccine dose, it will initiate a T cell response to create immune memory. This T cell response will not gradually disappear like the antibody. It will stay in your body for at least a few years. When you receive the second dose, the T cells will help your B cells create a lot of antibodies.”Due to the shortage of vaccines globally, there are still nearly 600,000 Moderna "fans" in the country who have not received their first dose. Experts say that if some people prefer mRNA vaccines, they can also choose the BNT option. No one knows when there will be a cluster infection as the epidemic situation may change in the future.Lee Ping-ing, Specialist Advisory Panel Member, CECC:”If another cluster infection breaks out, then everyone may consider getting the vaccine. We suggest that all those that have been notified to get their vaccines hurry up and get their shot in order to build immunity.”The ninth round of vaccinations, using BNT vaccines, will start next week. Those who meet the criteria include "18 to 22 year olds", "65 years old and above", and those "over 40 years old in the 9th category". Registration deadline is Friday noon. BNT vaccinations for schools will start on the 23rd. Additionally, people who have received their first dose of Medigen vaccine 4 weeks ago can now make appointments for the second dose, which will start being administered on September又有疫苗來了!我國自購的108萬劑莫德納疫苗,17號晚間抵達台。疫情指揮中心表示,這批疫苗將優先給第二劑接種,不過有些長者擔憂,第二劑間隔時間太長,保護力會下降,對此有專家指出,相關研究顯示,莫德納及BNT這種mRNA疫苗,兩劑疫苗間隔16週,都仍具保護效力。中央流行疫情指揮中心專家諮詢小組委員李秉穎:「打了疫苗以後,你第一劑就會引起一個有免疫記憶的T細胞反應,那這個T細胞反應不像抗體會逐漸消失,它至少大概幾年的時間都會記著,你只要再打第二劑的時候,它T細胞就會幫助我們的B細胞,去製造大量的抗體。」由於國際疫苗短缺,國內仍有近60萬名莫德納「鐵粉」,尚未接種第一劑,專家表示,如果民眾對於mRNA疫苗情有獨鍾,也可選擇BNT疫苗,未來得看疫情變化,也不知何時會爆發本土群聚感染,建議有疫苗、就趕快打。中央流行疫情指揮中心專家諮詢小組委員李秉穎:「突然又爆發一個群聚感染的時候,那大家就可能必須要考慮優先去打,所有可獲得的疫苗,趕快建立免疫力。」而在疫苗接種部分,第九輪BNT將在下週開打,符合意願登記民眾,為「18歲至22歲」、「65歲以上」及「40歲以上的第九類」,17號週五中午12點結單,BNT校園接種則是從23號啟動;另外也開放、接種高端疫苗滿4週以上民眾,可預約第二劑,預計9月30號起開打。

Pan-blue Lawmakers Dissatisfied with Premier Su's "3+11" Report  不滿蘇揆"3+11"說法  藍委佔領議場杯葛

Pan-blue Lawmakers Dissatisfied with Premier Su's "3+11" Report 不滿蘇揆"3+11"說法  藍委佔領議場杯葛

Internal reports has drawn criticism as it didn't mention Fan Yun, the lead proposer of 3+11 policy.Presenter:Premier Su Tseng-chang gave a special report at the Legislative Yuan regarding the decision to relax quarantine rules for pilots and flight crew. According to the investigative report, CECC head Chen Shih-chung invited experts and scholars for discussions and finalized the so called "3+11" policy. Su said no one can make perfect decisions as the situation is changing very quickly.Premier Su Tseng-chang arrived at the Legislative Yuan togive a special report regarding the government's decision to relax quarantine rules for airline crew. Following a resurgence of the pandemic in May, some have pointed their fingers at the so-called "3+11" policy, which called for three days of isolation and 11 days of self-health management for pilots and flight crew.Su Tseng-chang, Premier:”All our reports to the Legislative Yuan were handed in on time. The pandemic is changing quickly. We are all cautiously prepared, but our job is not done until this pandemic is over.”Wang Wang-yu, Legislator (NPP):”You tell us on one hand the investigation report is still ongoing. On the other hand, this morning’s document says we’re well prepared.What are you evading?”Some are concerned about who finalized the " 3 +11" policy. According to the investigative report, CECC head Chen Shih-chung convened a panel meeting after the pilots' union said on March 26 that up to 90 percent of the pilots were unable to lead a normal life, with nearly 60 percent suffering from severe insomnia. Out of worries about flight safety, Chen invited an expert panel on April 13 to discuss the crew quarantine policy. As there were no positive cases for 60 consecutive days at that time, they decided to implement the "3 + 11 model. Premier Su said that it is impossible for either him, Chen, or the CECC to make perfect decisions under such changing times. The report had some controversy as it did not make any mentions of DPP legislator Fan Yun, who pushed strongly for the 3 +11 policy .Fan Yun, Legislator (DPP):”I respect the report’s findings. There will be an investigation by the Control Yuan in the future. And I will also respect that report’s findings and conclusion no matter what.”Johnny Chiang, Legislator (KMT):”The Premier should just resign. This is the best way to take responsibility and show that you’ve self-reflected. “KMT legislators hold up signs demanding the Premier and Chen take political responsibility and publicly apologize for an inadequate pandemic prevention plan and shortage of vaccines. The DPP rejected the KMT’s proposal due to their majority. In response, the KMT occupied the floor and boycotted the report from proceeding.蘇貞昌前往立法院,進行專案報告,針對5月疫情嚴峻,外界將矛頭指向中央放寬機組人員檢疫「3+11」政策,導致防疫破口。行政院長蘇貞昌:「我們所有該給立法院的報告,都是如期限繳交送達,而疫情變化非常快速,我們都非常戰戰兢兢的準備,不到最後一刻都沒有定稿。」時代力量立委王婉諭:「一方面告訴我們調查報告仍在進行當中,另一方面又發出來今天早上的文件是說,已經準備好了,所以到底在逃避些什麼?」外界關注是誰做出「3+11」決策?報告指出,由指揮官陳時中召開會議拍板定案,機師工會在3月26號表示,機組員有高達9成機師無法正常生活,近6成嚴重失眠,危及飛安。對此,陳時中在4月13號邀集專家學者討論,考量當時連續60天零確診,決定實施"3+11模式"。蘇貞昌表示,不論是他自己,還是陳時中,或者指揮中心的決策,不可能盡善盡美。至於被點名曾提出「強烈建議」3+11的民進黨立委范雲,整份報告卻隻字未提,引起爭議。民進黨立委范雲:「報告我們就尊重行政院調查小組的結果,那未來也有監察院的調查,那調查報告,那我的態度都一樣。」國民黨立委江啟臣:「院長自己怎麼樣請辭就好,這就是最大的一個負責,這個最具體的檢討。」國民黨團高舉看板,提案要求蘇貞昌跟陳時中,應為防疫不力及疫苗短缺,負起政治責任,向國人公開道歉。但民進黨用人數優勢,否決提案,對此,國民黨團在蘇貞昌上台前一刻,衝上前佔領議場,杯葛議事進行。

Internet Celebrity Publishes Medigen Antibody Test  四叉貓自費驗高端抗體  民眾仿效惹議

Internet Celebrity Publishes Medigen Antibody Test 四叉貓自費驗高端抗體  民眾仿效惹議

The CECC warns unregistered clinical labs commercially conducting tests for the public risk violating laws.Presenter: Internet celebrity Liu Yu paid out of pocket for an antibody test after getting a Medigen vaccine, and found the antibody level is low, leading to worries that the vaccine may not offer very much protection.On Sept. 8, internet celebrity Liu Yu posted the results of an antibody test he paid out of pocket for 15 days after getting a Medigen vaccine. The results showed an IgG value of 35.4 and low antibody levels. The post spurred many netizens to tryto get their own tests done at hospitals.Ho Shu-an, Section Chief, Department of Health, Taipei City:”The central government currently bans hospitals from performing self-paid antibody tests for the public. Hospitals that perform antibody tests without the department's approval are breaking the law.”According to the Central Epidemic Command Center, only flight crews are allowed to get self-paid antibody tests, and only 12 hospitals in Taiwan are allowed to provide this service. Liu says he only wanted to know if the Medigen vaccine he got is actually effective.Liu Yu, Internet Celebrity:”I didn't know this was against the law. If this law really exists, I would have paid attention to it. I wouldn't want (the hospital) to get fined, but I care about my own health too.”Lin Si-hung, COO, Dianthus Group:”Getting this test done isn't illegal. If people think the payment amount is the issue, then we respect the city government's regulations. If they want to fine us, they can go ahead. We respect them. I don't have any opinion one way or the other.”Some doctors say the Tsai administration should lift the ban because people have a right to get antibody tests and see the results.Wang Jen-hsien, Chair, Taiwan Counter Contagious Diseases Society:”We hope public health agencies can allow hospitals to provide this kind of service. They should not infringe on citizen's right to know.”The CECC says everyone will have a different antibody level after getting a vaccine because everyone is different, and it only started allowing flight crews to get tested out of pocket because of the Delta variant and breakthrough infections. It says it has no plans to allow testing atthe present time.點開網紅四叉貓臉書,9月8號那篇自費驗抗體PO文還在,說高端疫苗第一劑打完15天後,自費花了1250元,驗出來的IgG數值35.4,抗體數值偏低。但沒想到自費驗新冠疫苗抗體,目前並沒有開放給一般民眾檢驗。台北市衛生局醫事管理科科長何叔安:「中央現在沒有開放醫療院所自費來檢驗做抗體的檢測,它的收費標準沒有經過衛生局核定的話,那這部份就違反醫療法的一個規定。」日前指揮中心表示,目前只開放機組員,可自費檢驗血清抗體,而且只有12家,經疾管署審查通過的醫院,可提供服務,一般醫療院所私接恐違法。得知可能間接害到醫院挨罰的四叉貓表示,只是想知道打進身體的疫苗,是否有保護力而已。網紅劉宇(四叉貓):「我也不知道這個相關法規,如果真的有法規事實存在的話我覺得也是要注意,我也不希望它們(醫院)觸法挨罰啊,但是我又想要關心我的身體。」禾馨醫療營運長林思宏:「這不是什麼不合格的事情拿來驗,那如果大家覺得收費有問題,那這個我們尊重市政府的規定,要罰就罰啊尊重啊,我沒有什麼意見啊。」不過,也有醫師呼籲中央應該儘速開放,自費檢驗疫苗抗體服務,強調民眾有知的權利。中華民國防疫學會理事長王任賢:「我們希望公共衛生單位能夠早點的核准在醫療院所,開放這樣子的檢驗,不能抹煞這個老百姓這種知的權利。」指揮中心表示,疫苗所產生抗體高低,因個人體質不同,數值高低不同。強調當初,是因為少數機組員,打完2劑疫苗,體內仍無法產生抗體,加上Delta病毒盛行,屢次發生突破性感染,才開放自費檢驗抗體服務,未來是否全面開放還要再研議。