Tsai says the government has worked through a number of different channels to buy vaccine doses. She says there is no need to worry, as those doses will arrive soon.
As Taiwan experiences its worst outbreak of COVID-19, President Tsai Ing-wen has urged the public to remain calm, saying more vaccine doses are coming soon. Her words came during a visit to the Central Epidemic Command Center with Premier Su Tseng-chang.
Tsai says more people have come forward for COVID-19 vaccinations since the recent spike in cases. That’s why the government has temporarily stopped offering self-paid vaccinations for lower priority groups. Tsai says the government has worked through a number of different channels to buy vaccine doses. She says there is no need to worry, as those doses will arrive soon.
President Tsai says she also received an update on the development of COVID-19 vaccines made by Taiwanese companies. She says the two companies leading the way are Medigen Vaccine Biologics Corporation and United Biomedical. Tsai says phase two clinical trials are almost complete and she hopes the vaccines can go into production by the end of July. Tsai says the government will do everything it can to support vaccine production while making sure to guarantee safety and quality.
In the meantime, President Tsai is urging the public to follow the Central Epidemic Command Center’s instructions to ease the pressure on medical services. That comes as the command center announced upgraded services for government quarantine centers. Those centers will now have 24-hour nursing care and will house asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients. That’s to free up hospital beds for those more severely affected by the virus.